Kanzu Lot 17
Province: Western Province
Elevation: 1800-2100 masl
Tasting Notes: Yellow Peach, Oolong tea, Vanilla
The Kanzu washing station is centrally located within the Karambi Sector of the Nayamasheke District in southwest Rwanda, near enough the banks of Lake Kiva to see its waters on a clear day. These hills reach over 2200 masl and are covered in nutrient-dense volcanic soil - ideal growing conditions for dense, ripe cherries. Coupled with meticulous processing, Kanzu lots can be some of the most consistent, clean cups in Eastern Africa.
At Kanzu, lots are separated by harvest week and numbered accordingly. Lot 17 was harvested mid-summer 2021 and was once again, our favorite on the cupping table this year. The Bourbon variety is known for brewing up smooth cups with balanced, crisp acidity and a sweet finish and this year brings just that. Lot 17 holds a classic Rwandan tea-like profile reminding us of Oolong tea that becomes the base flavor of this coffee, rounded out by juicy yellow peach-like undertones as it cools and the rich sweetness and breathy florality of vanilla in the aftertaste.