Rwanda honey Arabica Bourbon, A screen 15+, Huye, Simbi

elegant acidity, juicy, dried apricot. candied apple, very balanced
100 % of 100
100 % of 100
SCA Score 85.00
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Auf Lager: Vollers Hamburg
Verfügbare Menge: 3 GrainPro Sack à 60kg

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Unit of Measure GrainPro Sack à 60kg
Status Spot
Warehouse Vollers Hamburg
Bag Type Grain Pro
Crop 2022
Acidity 5.000000
Flavor 5.000000
Charge 102569.3
Variety Bourbon
Region Southern Province
Process Honey Processed
Grade A
Screen 15 up
Producer Simbi Coffee Investments
SCA Score 85.000000
Body 5.000000

In the last decade, Rwanda had positioned itself as a world-class specialty coffee origin – with good reason. Washing stations in most coffee regions have invested in new infrastructure and cuppings labs for quality control are now to be found. This focus on increased quality and the country’s ideal growing conditions result in exceptional coffees.
This honey Bourbon from the Simbi Washing Station in Huye is no exception. The station is located in the Huye Hills district of Rwanda's Southern Province. It was founded back in 2013 by Abdul Rudahunga, who was inspired by his grandmother's great passion for coffee farming and roasting. Today, the wet mill serves over 1,800 smallholder farmers. They all grow high-quality Arabica Bourbon, a varietal known for its complex acidity and great balance. Per harvest, the farmers supplying to Simbi washing station produce up to 500 tons of cherries, which are carefully hand sorted and sun-dried on drying tables.

Simbi has also been awarded in Rwanda’s Cup of Excellence competitions in 2013 and 2015. Since then, it has always focused on producing high-quality coffees and therefore repeatedly achieved high ranks in the contest - a success that reflects the farmers‘ great dedication and diligence.

Rwanda is a diverse country and rich in fertile lands. The whole country is set on a relatively high altitude, the lowest point being 950 meters above sea level. Earthy swamps and sunny savannahs prevail in the east, while the center is characterized by rolling hills. The west, however, lies within the Albertine Rift montane forests ecoregion with an abundance of wildlife. Lake Kivu is the largest lake in Rwanda that marks the western border with Congo. As part of the Albertine Rift Mountains, this area is generally not as hot as the east, providing excellent coffee cultivation conditions. Volcanoes provided nutritional soils blessing the whole region with verdant slopes.

Rwanda's first coffee exports were realized by Belgian colonists in 1917. Historically, most of its low-quality production was sold to Belgium. But during Rwanda's resurgence in the early 2000s, coffee was seen as an opportunity to get the country back on its feet.

The first washing station was opened in 2004, setting paths for high-quality coffee cultivation. Nowadays, coffee is grown in every part of Rwanda since the whole country is situated on elevated plateaus. Despite its rather young history in high-quality coffee production, Rwandan coffees astonish with a soft sweetness and complex fruitiness. The growing recognition these coffees have been earning in the specialty scene has led to the increasing importance of high-quality coffees. As a result, numerous washing stations were built, providing access for smallholder farmers and their produce.

Still, logistics remain one of the major challenges as this locked-in country needs to cross the whole of Tanzania for its coffees to leave. Another challenge specifically with Rwandan coffees is the so-called "potato defect". A harmless bacteria enters the coffee cherry and causes a potato-like aftertaste in the cup. Through constant monitoring and quality checks, Rwanda has managed to get this problem under control.


COFFEE REGIONSSouthern, Western & Eastern Region
COFFEE ALTITUDES1,300 – 2,200 masl.
COFFEE FARMSMainly smallholder
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