Tastes Like: Butter Toffee, Peanut Brittle, Apricot
Process: Fully Washed
Altitude: 1650-1850 MASL
The Gisheke washing station was built in 2018, but already accommodates over 625 small holder farmers in the region. Many African coffees are only traceable back to the washing station, as the farmers' yields are too low for "Single Origin, Single Producer" lots. The individual farms bring their harvests to a local washing station to finish the processing/drying before export.
Gisheke is a true gem, as it sits just off Mushungwe island, wedged between two steep hills that overlook Lake Kivu and Idwji Island in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This washing station is only accessible by boat, and you can often find cows swimming in lake kivu on your journey to this station!
The breeze coming off of Lake Kivu provides the perfect conditions for drying the coffees evenly on raised beds as it sweeps down through the valley. These conditions consistently produce amazingly bright, rich, and fruit forward coffees.
Huge Thank You to Higa Coffee for bringing this beautiful coffee to our cups! Excited to explore more of their African offerings in the future!