You can thank Abdul Rudahunga's grandmother for this coffee, for a second year. We're really pleased to bring back the Simbi from last year, (this time Lot #717 to be precise), and we're delighted to have procured more of it than last year, so hopefully it'll hang around a little longer this time!
Abdul runs a mill called Simbi, and his grandma was a coffee farmer, and one of the few rural Rwandans who used to roast the coffee she grew, and enjoy it as part of her daily routine. Fast-forward to 2013, and grandma's passion has morphed into a business for Abdul.
The mill is supplied by 1,475 small holder farmers, who all grow Red Bourbon, one of our absolute favourite coffee varietals, as it has so much natural juicy fruit flavour. It's fully washed, and then dried on raised beds, where it's continually hand sorted by a small army of brightly clothed women.
As espresso, this is bright, fruity (orange zest), complex and with a pronounced mulled wine spiciness. It works amazingly well in filter, where it's all in perfect harmony, and worked great in cafetière too - expect a big orange punch and then sweetness. This year, there's also a spiced chocolate-chai thing gong on, as well as a rich fruit cake-like dried fruit flavour.
In it's first year, Simbi placed 9th in the Rwanda Cup of Excellence competition (a big deal). Cue partying in this South Central province, who do it like nobody does. Followed by an increase in production whilst maintaining the same high standards and striving for even better. All thanks to grandma.