Citrus brightness ties simple syrup sweetness together with top notes of spiced Darjeeling and slippery elm teas, soft berry hints, dark grape and more.
Process Method: Wet Process
Cultivar: Bourbon Types
Farm Gate: Yes
Raised Bed Sun-dried
February 2018 Arrival
.4 d/300gr, 15-17 Screen
Tucked away in the Nyamasheke region of Rwanda's Western Province is the Cyato washing station site. This is one of two washing stations managed by the Fidele family, the first of the two producing naturals and started by the father, and Cyato managed mainly by son Leo.
Cyato is set up with a Penagos 800, and they are producing mainly fully washed coffee. The station is much farther than some of the others we buy from in Nyamasheke, and on the edge of the Forest of Nyungwe. Cyato sits at roughly 1850 meters above sea level, and the local coffee farmers have coffee planted well above 1900 meters, growing older Bourbon cultivars.
Coffee is wet processed, hand picked, and dried at Cyato proper, but then moved to a house nearby where they store the dry parchment to rest before preparing for exportation.
A newer venture for the Fidele's, they hope to reinvest in their wet mill for the upcoming season in order increase the mill capacity and produce a higher volume of exportable specialty in return.
Light roasting brings about smells of floral sugar cane juice, a soft mango note, and you start to get a sense of the flavor notes that will invariably accent the cup. In the wet aroma, you can get an underlying caramel/nougat sweetness, that has a creaminess to it that reminds me of torrone candy (minus the almond).
Once the cup cools enough to drink it, a lovely citrus-like brightness is apparent from the get-go, like Mandarin orange, which is complementary to the citrus accents that come into play as the temp dips further. Pervasive yet simple raw sugar sweetness stays with you from start to finish, and with the clarity of simple syrup. Tea notes come through, like spiced Darjeeling and slippery elm teas, and soft berry hints accent the finish.