Gitesi, Rwanda (1kg)
Notes: Lemon Meringue, Pine, Black Tea
Located in Western Rwanda, Gitesi is a washing station owned and run by father and son team, Alexis and Aime Gahizi. Sustainability didn’t come easy for them after they opened in 2005, but by 2010 they were able to make a small profit and have since been increasing the quality of their coffee year-on-year. This commitment to improvement has, for example, come about through bonus payment schemes for farmers: farmers are paid a premium for only picking and delivering ripe cherry to the station during the season from March to August. Farmers are also given cows to provide an alternative income stream during the low season which in turn provides organic fertiliser for the farms. Farmers also receive private health insurance and altogether, these factors create a virtuous circle that results in beautiful complex coffees. This coffee is CAFE Practices and Rainforest Alliance certified.