Coffee of the Month - Rwanda Kirezi Supreme Red Bourbon - Coffee Beans

Medium Roast

almond, green apple, floral

Kirezi Cooperative is located in the Nyanza District of the Southern Province of Rwanda. The altitude of the coffee grown in this area ranges from 1,550 to 1,700 masl. The station was established by just 6 cooperative members in 1996 but has now grown to 357 members in 2014. The coffee is entirely high quality bourbon which combined with the high altitude produces beautiful complex flavours in the cup.


This station began with 6 cooperative members in 1996 and grew to 410 members in 2011. In the early years Kirezi produced only semi-washed coffee of low and inconsistent quality. However, in 2010, the members started to work with TechnoServe, an NGO focused on assisting farmers with technical support and quality improvement, which would command higher prices in the speciality coffee market. At this point, Kirezi began operating as a fully washed station and started to work with The Rwanda Trading Company who were able to provide operating capital to support the farmers. Their efforts were recognised and rewarded by producing a lot that featured in the finalists of the Cup of Excellence.


The coffee is roasted light/medium and has a very different flavour profile to other African coffees.  The coffee is fully washed and dried on raised African beds which results in a clean coffee with a juicy orange acidity.  The coffee has a beautifully silky mouthfeel with rich flavours of roasted cacao nibs, dark chocolate and plums with a subtle spicy hint of cinnamon and clove.


The Bourbon varietal originated on the Island of Bourbon, now known as Reunion Island.  It is a mutation of the early Arabica species from Ethiopia.  It has broad leaves and  the cherries can ripen red, yellow or orange.  

£6.00 GBP In stock

Tasting and Cupping notes

Fragrance/Aroma almond, butter

Aftertaste lingering

Acidity juicy

Body light

Sweetness yes

Clean Cup yes

Crust sweet pudding

Break almond

Flavour green apple

Roast Medium Roast

Roaster's notes

medium roasted, end of 1st snap.