Cup of Excellence – Award Winning Guest Coffee!
February 11, 2013

We are really bringing you a treat with our new guest coffee.  Rwanda Vunga, from roasters Small Batch Coffee, was awarded the coveted Cup of Excellence® in 2012.

The Cup of Excellence is an annual competition held in several countries to identify the highest quality of coffees produced. It is organised by the Alliance for Coffee Excellence and has been dubbed the ‘Oscars of the coffee world’. In the course of the competition each coffee is tested at least five times. Only those coffees that get high scores continuously move forward in the competition. The final winners are awarded the Cup of Excellence and sold via an internet auction to the highest bidder.

This lot is from the Vunga washing station in the Jomba Sector of Rwanda’s Western District. The area around Vunga is mountainous with steep slopes and rich fertile soil providing ideal conditions for coffee production. The washing station, which sits at just under 1,500 meters above sea level, is supplied by a natural water source from the nearby Volcanic Virunga National Park, home of the endangered mountain gorillas.

Farmers in this region mainly cultivate bananas, beans, maize and coffee on small farms which are approximately a quarter to half a hectare in size. The coffee is almost exclusively red bourbon, a factor that contributes considerably to the complex and sweet cup profile. The ripe red cherry is picked between February and June and is delivered to the washing station where it is depulped, fermented, washed and dried on raised beds in the sun. Careful hand sorting at this stage helps to guarantee consistently high quality.

Rich and buttery with great cherry and chocolate flavours.

Region: Nyabihu, Western District
Varietal: Bourbon
Altitude: 1450-1720m
Processing: Washed

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