Mahembe is a truly exceptional coffee and it is a unique cornerstone in our Rwandan collection. We visit the farm each summer, and after seven years, we have forged a strong relationship with Justin Musabiyama who runs the washing station. Mahembe has flavour notes of sweet morello cherries, cocoa nibs and cola with supplementing spices tones of nutmeg. The cup has a clean, lasting finish.
Rwanda has a long history of coffee production but has only recently seen improvements in processing quality – with the Western Province producing some of the best. Justin returned home after the genocide in 1994 and set to work reviving his family’s coffee farm to help bring stability and economic opportunities to the region. Payment to his farmers includes health insurance, school fees and livestock.
Thanks to his strong focus on quality and community building, 75% of what Justin produces is now A1 grade, and he takes a top five position every year during the Cup of Excellence (COE).