This velvety single origin coffee is named after our friend Payton, an incredible 4 year old from the East Coast, who was diagnosed at 4 months old with a very rare brain disease called PCH. A portion of all sales will help Payton's wonderful family with out of pocket medical expenses.
Not only does this coffee have a great name and taste, it's also grown by an amazing group of producers, the Baho Ikizere Women group. Read more below!
ORIGIN + VARIETY: SINGLE ORIGIN - Rwanda / Red Bourbon
TASTING NOTES: Big body + kiwi + mangoes + lime zest
FARM: Baho Ikizere Women Group
REGION: Southern Nyaruguru District
ALTITUDE: 1550-1850 masl
SIZE: Available in 227g, 340g, 454g, and 908g bags
GRIND: Whole Bean, Filter, French Press and Espresso/Moka Pot.
More about the Producers:
The Fugi Ikizere Women group is made up of single mothers, many of whom are widowed, and face the difficult task of navigating Rwandese society that still struggles with much patriarchal discrimination.
The Ikizere lots represent farmgate prices (what is actually paid to the farmers) that are 50% more than the national average. In order to make an even deeper impact, the women of Ikizere also depulp their coffees by hand together so that they can connect and bond over the similar difficulties many face.
With income from this coffee, Baho Coffee who oversees the processing station and helps support the growers, paid the Ikizere women the highest price of cherries in the country. They also paid for their 2020 health insurance when they needed it most due to COVID-19. We will be sure to update you all on if this health insurance is extended, on top of the wages (some of the highest in the country), and pensions.
Our partners at Baho and Semilla Coffee have also started a Farmer First program that ensures farmers can get second payments throughout the year, so producers and pickers aren't only paid at harvest. It also allows for workarounds for higher payments than the government imposed ceiling allows, and provides micro financing that producers depend on throughout the year. We also send micro financing donations to the farmers in Rwanda that we work with, alongside our partners.
More about the Processing:
While you'd be right to assume that manual depulping is incredibly time consuming and difficult, it actually is a traditional method of coffee processing in Rwanda.
Prior to the development of washing stations, and even to some extent now, many producers would manually depulp their coffee and sell it in this wet state to intermediaries. This coffee would be marketed as “semi-washed” coffee, and often was of lower quality due to the poor processing procedures.
Thanks to the rigorous quality controls within the Fugi washing station, this traditional depulping method has actually resulted in super delicious and unique coffees.
The following 23 names are the women who produced and manually depulped this incredible coffee. They are the main reason why this coffee is great:
Costasie Mukamuzima / Epiphanie Ntawangaheza / Theodosie Uwambajimana / Adidja Nyiracumi / Vestine Sindikubwabo / Josephine Uwimana / Bernadette Mukandemera / Christine Utarengejeho / Berancilla Baravuga / Mariam Kabagwira / Verediane Mukamparirwa / Angele Mukanyonga / Venantie Nsaguye / Speciose Nyirantashya / Drocelle Nyirarugwiro / Christine Nyandwi / Alphonsine Mukamugema/ Seraphine Mukaremera /Marguerite Niyongere /Venantie Mukakizima/ Veronique Niyonizeye/ Cecile Nyiraminani / Emerance Hategekimana
ESPRESSO: We recommend either a less traditional 1:2.5/3 shot. And grind a touch finer than you are used to and increase the draw time.
POUR OVER: 20 medium-fine (sand), 300g water. 50g bloom, 100g concentric circle pour, then 20-30g pulse pours for remaining 150g (add pour, wait till drains, repeat). This roast like a a bit of agitation. 3 minutes total time (give or take).
FRENCH PRESS: We recommend the James Hoffman method for this roast: 16.67:1 ratio // medium grind (not too coarse) // add water, do not stir, brew for 4 minutes // after 4 mins break crust gently, scoop everything that floats // let sit for another 5-8 minutes // don't press all the way, only use it as a filter at the surface of the brew.
COLD BREW:We prefer this light roast for flash brews, as opposed to cold brew extractions. Follow the above pour over recipe, but use less water (260g or adjust to taste) and drip over large ice cubes.