This Rainforest Allicance Certified coffee grows at high altitude overlooking Lake Kivu. It is washed in waters from deep underground wells and hand sorted to select the most perfect beans. Isimbi is the word the natives use to refer to something pure "like the white snow at the top of a volcano" and that's how they decided to call this coffee by that name.
Coffee plays an important role in Rwanda’s economy. It’s a leading export, creating income for over 400,000 small farmers and is also the centerpiece of Rwanda’s tourism industry.
You can roast this just into 2nd cracks but it's a bit boring there. Drinkable and pleasant for sure, but there's not a lot going on. I like to roast it more like a Costa Rica and keep it about half way between 1st cracks ending and 2nd cracks beginning. This brings out a sparkling acidity with some spice notes (nutmeg), fruit (pear? raisin?), some brown sugar and maybe even a hint of lemongrass There's a fairly large window of ending temperature in this area where you will get good results. It's pretty easy to roast. Makes for a really nice light or medium roast mug of coffee, but it burns if you take it dark.
US Arrival: December 2020
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