City+ constructs a framework of sugar cane juice and brown sugar sweetness, with top notes of fine black and green teas, lemon juice, brisk apple, and cardamom spice. Gitesi's finish is so sweet and pristine. City to Full City.
|Drying Method||Raised Bed Sun-dried|
|Arrival date||November 2018 Arrival|
|Bag size||60 KG|
|Appearance||.2 d/300 gr, 15+ Screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City to City+ for the most complex cups, but Gitesi offers uncompromising sweetness on up to Full City|
Gitesi is one of my favorite sites in Rwanda. Not only is it located in a beautiful valley, but the washing station looked clean, well-organized, and the leaders seemed motivated and competent. I had already cupped quite a few day lots (wet-process batches from coffee cherry received in a single day), and I knew the coffee was really good. The Gitesi site is at 1740 meters, actually one of the lower areas surrounded by high ridges ranging up to 2000 meters, where coffee is grown. 1,830 coffee farmers in the area supply Gitesi with cherries each year. The station fosters a relationship with the farmers by paying an additional dividend at the end of each season based on performance. Gitesi was started in 2005 and has been building capacity each year. Like much of Rwanda, the coffee is Bourbon variety. We "built" this lot by looking at all their day lot batches and combining the best ones. We found some excellent process batches from the middle harvest. And we're not the only ones noticing: Gitesi won COE a few years back and continues to produce competition level coffees.
Gitesi continues to produce some of the best coffee we see from the region. From the outset, Gitesi shows an attractive set of aromatics, perfumed with clover honey and subtle accents. Aspects of complex sugar browning come into full view when you add the hot water, with sweet smells of caramel candies, and a spiced toffee smell released on the break. City+ roasts show intense sweetness, a framework of sugar cane juice and clean raw sugar sweetness making up the underlying flavor compound. As you move through brews of City roasts, black and green tea flavors come up in the profile, as well as a lemon juice accent note, that combine in a "iced black tea with lemon" sort of way. Gitesi's finish is complex, marked by brisk apple and cardamom spice notes, and light brown sugar sweetness hanging on long into the aftertaste. Darker roasting builds flavor layers of fine dark chocolate, and with uncompromising sweetness all the way to the outer edge of Full City (but for the most complex cup, don't stray too far from City+). Gitesi makes a fantastic pour over brew, shining a light on the clean and articulate cup flavors this coffee has to offer.