Brewing light roasts offers soft accents of black tea, dried apple, and raisin atop a sweetness that has the transparency of simple syrup, and a finish marked by notes of Earl Grey tea, and roasted barley. City to City+.
|Processing||Wet Process (Washed)|
|Drying Method||Raised Bed Sun-dried|
|Arrival date||December 2018 Arrival|
|Bag size||60 KG|
|Appearance||.4 d/300gr, 15-17 Screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City to City+|
Gitwe is a relatively newer washing station in Rwanda's southern Nyamasheke District. Gitwe sits at roughly 1800 meters above sea level, and the farms of the 800 outgrowers who deliver their coffee to Gitwe are situated between 1800 and 2000 meters. This is a fully washed/wet process coffee, meaning that after the coffee cherry is removed from the seed, the remaining sticky fruit layer (mucilage) is removed by fermenting in a tank for several hours. Gitwe has several cement fermentation tanks, and should have no problem moving coffee through to the drying tables during the peak of the harvest. We were a little surprised by how deep the tanks are, and slightly worried that it might affect the coffee during fermentation. But after cupping a handful of samples, we were pleased with the resulting clean cups across the board. I roasted Gitwe to light and medium roast levels, and found that Full City roasting flattens out acidity too much for my taste, and mutes complex top notes found at City and City+.
Gitwe shows hints of raw sugar and baking spice in the fragrance when roasted light, City roasts revealing a cinnamon spice top note wrapped in brown sugar and caramely sweetness. Adding hot water frames a sweet-spiced aroma too, with subtle sticky dried fruit accents, and a touch of malted grain. Brewing the light roasts promises soft accents of black tea atop a base sweetness that has the transparency of simple syrup. Some light fruited hints are revealed as you move through the cup and have aspects of dried apple and raisin. The finish has tannic elements that recall Earl Grey tea, and is also marked by a roasted barley note. City+ brings out a balance bittersweet chocolate flavor that's like semi-sweet chips, as well as some darker fruit tones that are most prevalent after the cup's cooled off a bit.