Rwanda Ibisi Bya Huye Lot #617

Rwanda Ibisi Bya Huye Lot #617

Farm Description

"Ibisi" is the name of the mountain where this high elevation washing station is located. They act as a catchment for the small-scale farmers in the highland community where they can deliver and sell their coffee cherry during the harvest. Ibisi Station is connected with the global market through a Rwandan exporter, which is how we came upon the original set of offer samples. We made a visit to the station last June, and met with Bernard, the owner. He comes from a family of coffee collectors who produced mainly semi-washed coffees for export. Bernard set up his first fully washed mill named "Gitega Hills" a couple of years ago in Nyamegabe not too far from Ibisi. His Ibisi station is outfitted with a Penagos 2500 pulper, which has a pretty complex system of grading the cherry. Bourbon is still what farmers grow in this area, which no doubt plays a role in this coffee's supremely sweet cup profile. Altitude at the station is right around 2000 meters above sea level, and the farms are on the +/- side of this number, but not by much. Lot 617 is our first of two Ibisi lots. Look for Lot 667 to follow.

This coffee is part of our Farm Gate pricing program.

Cupping Notes

Rwanda Ibisi Bya Huye is our first new crop arrival this season, and one of our finest thus far. This is the first time we've been offerred this coffee, and the cup profile consistently impressed us from our first offers to the landed coffee. The dry fragrance is uniquely spiced in the way that only Rwandan coffees offer, a spice sachet of cardamom pods, cinnamon stick, whole clove, and more. Sweet smells of sugar cane and panela come through too, foreshadowing the sweet cup to come. Pouring hot water raises the bar on sweetness, the steaming coffee crust verging on floral. This is where fruit is first sensed too, dry stone fruit hints are especially present when running a spoon through the wetted coffee crust. A cooling cup at City has refreshing brightness like watered down lemon juice, vibrant without a tart edge, and giving structure to a sweet, top note-laden coffee. Flavors of peach tea, dried apricot (the sulfered, bright orange type), orange hard candy, and candied citrus peel provide contrast to raw honey-like sweetness. Ibisi is supremely sweet at the light end of the roast spectrum, as well as on up to Full City where a chocolate taffy flavor comes into play, as well as a dark, spiced fruit note. The finish is succinct, and clean too, herbal and black tea notes accenting the finish, and a clove-spiced aroma in the long aftertaste. This is Rwandan coffee at it's finest, and marks the beginning of what is one of our favorite times of the year for coffee arrivals. We'll have several more Rwandan coffees available on the website before the end of the year.

November 2017 Arrival



Lot Size

50 x 60kg bags

Roast Recommendations

City to Full City; lighter = brighter, but you can bet sweetness holds up well at Full City


Wet Process



Grade & Appearance

A1; .4 d/300gr, 15+ screen


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Looking out at the impressive Ibisi Bya Huye Coop

Cleaning their Penagos 2500

Bags of resting parchment at Ibisi

Hand-sorting out physical/visible defects, one reason this coffee is so consistent from one cup to the next

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