Kigoma is a small village neighbouring the Motherland Farmers’ wet mill and is made up of around 500 farmers. The majority of these farmers have a small plot of land adjacent to their house where they nurture a few hundred coffee trees as a cash crop to go alongside other forms of subsistence farming. Last year saw a bumper season for coffee cherry production in Rwanda, due to the unusually warm weather and higher amount of rainfall. As the result the harvest period began much earlier, in some cases starting as early as mid-February and continuing all the way up until late May. The sheer volume of coffee harvested during this period caused many washing stations to turn farmers and their cherry away to other wet mills due to the lack of facilities to cope with the increase in production.
Motherland Farmers washing station in partnership with Nordic Approach is producing some of the highest quality coffee in Rwanda. Their focus on separation of day lots, based on density through grading channels is yielding excellent results. Their experimentation with fermentation techniques and drying procedures is what sets them apart. Since its beginning in 2013 they have gone from strength to strength and we look forward to continuing our relationship.
This coffee has been designed for filter and will work well across a variety of methods. Brew through Aeropress to achieve more body and sweetness or try Chemex to highlight the citrus and rooibos tea notes.