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Rwanda Kanzu LOT 12

19.00
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Rwanda Kanzu LOT 12

19.00

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The Kanzu washing station can be found in Nyamasheke, tucked away in a valley in the middle of the Congo-Nile Mountain Chain. Situated on the shores of Lake Kivu, the area is often called the Switzerland of Rwanda, and the coffees produced here evoke that particular beauty. The Kanzu washing station is well known for turning out exemplary coffees, even garnering awards from prestigious organizations like the Cup of Excellence. Coffee cherries here are floated and pulped using a disc pulper, and undergo a dry fermentation for about 16-18 hours. The remaining mucilage is washed off and the coffee is soaked for about 18 hours before being dried on raised beds with a mesh bottom. This particular processing method produces a stellar cup, featuring truly decadent flavors of Luxardo cherry and gingerbread.


BEAN SPECIFICATIONS

PRODUCER: Kanzu Washing Station
REGION: Nyamasheke, Western Province
ELEVATION: 1800-2100 MASL
PROCESSING: Fully washed, dried on raised beds
VARIETY: French Mission Bourbon
HARVEST: March-July
NOTES: Luxardo Cherry, Lime, Gingerbread

 

NOTES ON BREWING

This coffee really benefits from a longer contact time. On espresso, we found that we liked a ratio of 1:2.1; the acidity was juicy but structured, balanced out by a creamy body and cane sugar sweetness.

On pourover, we like a 1:15 ratio. This brings out the body but doesn’t mute out the structured acidity, instead sweetening it up and creating fuller flavors. We also favored a slightly coarser grind.


SUGGESTED BREW SPECS

FETCO

Brew ratio of 1:16.6
Water at 203F
4 minute brew time: 15% prewet

V60

25g ground
coffee : 400g of water
55g bloom for 45 seconds
Total pour time of 2:25 Total brew time of 3:20

CHEMEX

32g medium ground
coffee : 500g of water
65g bloom for 50 seconds
Total pour time of 2:30 Total Brew time of 3:30

AEROPRESS

16g fine ground
coffee : 220g of water
55g bloom. Use paddle to incorporate at 20 seconds Total immersion time of 1:15
Slowly plunge to 1:45


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