Rwanda – Simbi mill
New coffee! “This is How We ” from the Rwanda Simbi mill. We’re delighted to share this new Rwanda fully washed coffee with you. It’s been a personal favourite of us since we found it just before Christmas. It
Orange zest, cranberry, mulled wine spice
You can thank Abdul Rudahunga’s grandmother for this coffee. She was a coffee farmer, and one of the few rural Rwandans who used tothe coffee she grew, and it as part of her daily routine. Fast-forward quite a few years, and Abdul was inspired by her to get into the coffee industry, and opened the Simbi wet mill in 2013, in the Huye province of Southern Rwanda.
The mill is supplied by 1,475 small holder farmers, who all grow Red Bourbon, one of our absolute favourite coffee varietals, as it has so much natural juicy fruit flavour. It’s fully washed, and then dried on raised beds, where it’s continually hand sorted by a small army of brightly clothed women.
As espresso, this is bright, fruity (orange zest), complex and with a pronounced mulled wine spiciness. It works amazingly well in filter, where it’s all in perfect harmony, and works great in cafetière too – expect a big orange punch and then sweetness.
We’re thankful to the folks at Rwanda Trading Company (the exporters), and to the folks at Falcon Specialty (the importers) – we’re hoping to be able to keep buying from Abdul and the Simbi team for several years to come. It’s that good. You can also find it in our seasonal espresso, Since You’ve Bean Gone.
In it’s first year, Simbi placed 9th in the Rwanda Cup of Excellence competition (a big deal, considering a few hundred different lots were submitted, many from mills with plenty more experience). Cue some celebrating, followed by an increase in production whilst maintaining the same high standards and striving for even better. All thanks to grandma.