GAP YEAR, Natural, Rwanda – Filter / Espresso


Cup: Strawberry, Green Grape, Floral. Sweet & Balanced Cup.
Origin: Nyamasheke, Rwanda
Producer: Kilimbi Station
Varietal: Red Bourbon
Process: Natural
Altitude: 1,600 – 1,850 MASL
Importer: Raw Material

Brewing: A flexible coffee for all brewing methods. Cone shaped brewers for acidity, flat bottom for sweetness.

For best results we recommend purchasing whole bean and grinding fresh before brewing. If you don’t have a grinder, we can grind to your preferred brewing method prior to shipping.


We roast Tuesday to Thursday. Orders are shipped every Thursday. Orders must be placed by midnight on Monday for same week dispatch. We ship via Royal Mail first class.

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We sourced this coffee via Raw Material, a registered CIC working to maximise impact in origins where their work will have the most value. In Rwanda, they work alongside Muraho Trading Co. This partnership helps affiliate co-operatives increase their quality of production, fetch a higher price for their coffee, and introduce them to new markets.

RM says:

This will be a continuous work in progress in the coming years, as we gain a greater understanding of the particular challenges Rwandan coffee producers face.
Through this process we can develop a model that creates incentives that generate producer buy-in, all the while maximising impact. We supply coffee from across Muraho’s washing stations, which are located in the Nyamasheke, Gakenke, and Nyabihu regions of Rwanda.

One of the two first washing stations to be granted approval to produce natural and honey processed coffee in Rwanda by NAEB. The elevation of Kilimbi lends itself incredibly well to the production of exceptional washed, honeys and naturals. Drying beds stretch across a large open plain, where airflow and sunlight have maximum exposure to the coffee as it dries. Built in 2016, it is the birthplace of Muraho Trading Company, as their first washing station.

Kilimbi is only accessible by boat, with farmers travelling across Lake Kivu to deliver their farm’s harvests. Its estimated annual production is approximately 33,300kg of milled green coffee, which is produced each harvest into volumes of honey, washed, and naturally processed coffees.


All cherry is hand-sorted before a pre-pulp float, underripe or damaged cherry is removed, along with any foreign objects. Cherry is then floated in pre-pulping tanks removing any floaters and later pulped.

Once the cherry is sorted and cleaned, it is ready to be dried. The cherries are laid out evenly across raised beds, providing consistent airflow, and height away to prevent moisture and animals from coming into contact with the cherry. The cherry is dried for 30 days, turned constantly when the sun is high and covered during the night. Once the cherry has dried, the now dried outer fruit is removed, and the coffee beans are ready to be organised for packing.

Additional information

Weight .025 kg
Dimensions 18.5 × 16.5 × 5.2 cm

250g, 1KG

Wholebean or Ground

Wholebean, Ground for Espresso, Ground for Mocha Pot, Ground for Drip Filter, Ground for French Press