Rwanda Rulindo Cooperatives SWP Decaf

Rwanda Rulindo Cooperatives SWP Decaf

Farm Description

This decaf is made up from two different cooperative coffees in the Rulindo district, Northern Rwanda. Both are located at just above 1800 meters, and draw from farmer members with plots above 2000 meters above sea level. These coffees as non-decafs were 88+ points, immense sweetness from all-bourbon plantings. We did not have enough of either to decaf on their own, and so decided to send them off as a regional blend since they're practically neighboring washing stations, and have a fairly similar cupping experience. Swiss Water are a fantastic decaffeination plant, offering a non-chemical alternative to other methods like methylene chloride to removing nearly 100% of the caffeine content. Only water is used in the process, first swelling the beans, and then washing away 99.9% of the caffeine while leaving volatile compounds that affect flavor and aroma behind. So what you get back is a much closer approximation of the non-decaf counterpart.

This coffee is part of our Farm Gate pricing program.

Cupping Notes

The dry fragrance of our lightest City+ roast had a caramelized sweetness, like fresh baked honey wheat bread, along with dried banana chips. The wet aroma sees a boost in sweetness, a molasses undertone, and with an accent of roasted nut. When hot, a City+ roast brewed has a flavor of rye ale, malty sweet and with faint hop suggestions. As you move through the cup, sweetness takes on characteristics of barley malt syrup and burned sugar, with a dehydrated apple note, and cinnamon stick and "woodsy" earth accents in the aroma. Taking the roast a shade darker builds up layers of cocoa roast tones, and echoes the beer and grain aspects sensed at City+. Full City and Roasted Coffee Pictorial Guide. ">Full City+ roasts are a good roast level for espresso too, Cocatu producing convincing dark cacao notes, and impressive viscosity when pulling ristretto espresso shots. Try letting these darker roasts rest 48 hours for best results.

July 2017 Arrival



Lot Size

20 x 60 kg bags

Roast Recommendations

Best when roasted to City+ and beyond; intense cocoa tones come with dark roasting - City+ to Full City+


Wet Process, then SWP Decaf



Grade & Appearance


Shipped to us in GrainPro
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Sorting through parchment at the cooperative

Covering up drying coffee before a shower hits

Pulping machine at the washing station


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