It has been several years since we have had a Rwandan offering on the menu, so what better time to release two delicious and distinct new ones from the Nyamasheke District in the Western Province? This specific lot of Kanzu was selected by our full leadership at our end-of-year leadership retreat, and we’d say they made a great decision.
Kanzu washing station is located in the Nyamasheke district of Rwanda’s Western province. When the views are clear from the top of the ridge above the washing stations you can see all the way down to Lake Kivu to the west, which stretches the length of Rwanda’s border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Kanzu is a jewel of a place — organized and well-run, set against green hills of coffee, cassava, sweet potato, sugar cane, bananas, and beans at 1900 masl. Kanzu employs 50 local men and women during the harvest season. From start to finish, harvest in Rwanda runs about 4-5 months from March to July. Lots are separated by each outturn throughout the season.
In 2012, Dorman’s (a well known coffee company famed for their work in coffee processing in Kenya) took over Kanzu washing station and spent the intervening years making investments in infrastructure, training farmers on agronomic best practices, and improving quality control.
We taste: cantaloupe, blackberry, pomegranate, creamy, spiced
- Station: Kanzu Washing Station
- Region: Nyamasheke District, Western Province
- Elevation: 1800-2100 MASL