If you're looking to mix up your coffee routine - something we strongly encourage you do on a regular basis - do consider trying Stumptown's Rwanda Huye Mountain. This coffee is downright killer and, like so many of the coffee we're obsessed with, it has a captivating story behind it.
These beans come from South Butare, Rwanda. Rwanda is a very small country in the eastern part of Africa, near Uganda, Kenya and Tanzinia. The folks from Stumptown discovered a farm there a few years ago that was growing and processing their coffee cherries in special ways (for the full deets, see this Stumptown blog post from 2011). The long and short of it is that they met a man named David Rubanzangabo who started this coffee mill, Huye Mountain Coffee, which included his own processing station. Apparently, most of the coffee cherries in Rwanda are processed centrally, but by building his own, David is able to control every aspect, which results in remarkably high quality coffee. The beans come from 30 small farms, and using specialized technology and intensive attention to detail, Huye Mountain de-pulps, separates, chooses, washes and dries the coffee cherries. Then, his sister Rachel roasts, cups, and does quality control - siblings working together are the best!
What's more, Huye Mountain is committed to sustainability (economic, social and environmental), while maintaining safe and sound working conditions for its employees. Before starting this mill, David Rubanzangabo was the head agronomist at the Rwanda SPREAD Project, which helped to improve farming in the region. Clearly, his agricultural skills and passion for coffee combine to produce a truly excellent product that we are so proud to be able to serve in our shops!
Right now, we are serving the Bourbon variety of the Rwanda Huye Mountain at both HubBub locations. A carefully extracted Chemex pour over will yield a bright, fruity cup. This is not sultry or serious stuff; there are notes of banana, blood orange and lime zest against a sweet butterscotch-y foreground. On a bitter winter day, these tropical, lively flavors will bring a little kick of sunshine to your cup.