Rwanda Nyamasheke SWP Decaf
Bittering and sweet aspects of burned caramel, wheat cereal comes up, cocoa powder, molasses, and chocolate malted grains.
Region: Nyamasheke, Western Province
Processing: Wet and Dry Process, then SWP Decaf
This custom decaf is made up of three different Nyamasheke coffees, a district that straddles the southeastern side of Lake Kivu, in Rwanda. Between these three cooperative wet-mills, they serve upwards to 5000 small-holder farmers in the region, buying whole coffee cherry to be processed as both fully washed ("wet process") and natural ("dry process"). The coffee processing sites sit between 1800 and 1900 meters above sea level, and coffee is grown on up to just over 2000 meters. We purchased and sold all three of these coffees as single-origin, non-decafs, and reserved a chunk of each to process as decaf as well. This is 100% Bourbon cultivar, which when grown at high altitudes produces a dense bean capable of producing a high level of sweetness. The decaffeination was handled by Swiss Water Decaf (where we have all our decafs processed!), who use a chemical-free decaf process to remove 99.9% of the caffeine while leaving much of the volatile compounds intact.
Description from Sweet Maria's.