Red Bank Rwanda, Kilimbi (Natural)
Regular price £12.50
The Kilimbi Washing Station is located spectacularly on the eastern shore of Lake Kivu in Rwanda’s Western Province. It was the first washing station to be established by the young and innovative Muraho Trading Company (MTC) whose focus is on quality, and showcasing Rwanda’s great potential for high-grade speciality coffee.
Kilimbi was the first washing station in Rwanda to be granted approval to produce natural and honey processed coffees, and its has set the bar in this respect. This year 1078 farmers in the surrounding area delivered their coffee to Kilimbi. The coffee is hand sorted, then floated to separate out under-ripe or damaged cherries. It is then pulped, and hand-sorted again to remove any visually under-ripe cherries before being laid out to dry on raised beds.
The quality of the processing is evident in the cup. The coffee is incredibly clean and bursting with fruit flavour. We think it tastes like sour cherry, raspberry jam and nectarine - in short, lip-smackingly delicious.
We approached Red Bank very early on after first opening Mow’s and have developed a strong relationship with them through shared ideals and a love of good coffee.
Red Bank is guided by three core principles - Quality, Traceability and Sustainability. From their base in the heart of the Lake District - Red Bank source only coffees that are able to satisfy these criteria which are then roasted on an eco-friendly Loring S15 Falcon.
The roasting philosophy at Red Bank is to roast each coffee such that it is fully developed, but to terminate the roast before "roast" flavours start to develop. The ultimate goal is to unlock each coffee's full potential, and to allow it to sing in the cup, these Coffees are usually slightly more progressed profiles than other coffee we have at Mow's but they are real crowd pleasers and have been very popular with our café guests !
Espresso: 1:2 coffee to water, extracted in 28 – 32 seconds
Filter: 60-65g coffee per litre of water, brewed for 3-4 mins