Coffee

At Bourbon, the core of our mission is in our coffee. Our name, “Bourbon Coffee,” originates from the Bourbon varietal of Arabica coffee beans, which has grown wild in Rwanda for over a century. Bourbon beans are known for their deep, buttery chocolate flavors, as well as their sweetness and very light fruit overtones. They yield well-balanced coffees and are less common than other types of coffee beans as Bourbon plants generally carry fewer coffee cherries per plant than other varieties.

Using sustainable, eco-friendly farming techniques, Rwanda’s coffee farmers cultivate this exceptional varietal collectively, pooling their resources to nurture and harvest the beans. All of our locations serve exclusively Direct Trade coffee from Rwanda’s five distinct growing regions.

Differing from the typical flavor profiles of African coffees, Rwandan coffee offers complex and unusual tastes that are unique to their regional origins. We highly recommend trying each of our exceptional coffees to find your perfect cup!

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Kizi Rift

Region: Central Rwanda Rift Valley Region
Elevation: 6500-7200 feet
Roast: Medium-Light
Processing: Washed
Varietal: Bourbon
Direct Trade

Nutty and mellow with jasmine aromatics, this coffee grows in Rwanda’s Central Rift Valley. Look for nutmeg and roasted chestnut accents over a buttery caramel base. Accessible and inviting with nearly any brewing method.

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KIVU LAKE

Region: Western Rwanda Lake Region
Elevation: 5900-6500 feet
Roast: Medium-Light
Processing: Washed
Varietal: Bourbon
Direct Trade

Delicate and incredibly complex, this coffee comes from 1600-meter hills in Western Rwanda near Lake Kivu. It is packed with hints of sweet orange and cocoa, with a subtle cherry-lime finish and rounded complexity that makes for a wonderfully approachable espresso.

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Virunga

Region: Northwest Rwanda Mountain Region
Elevation: 6200-7200 feet
Roast: Medium
Processing: Washed
Varietal: Bourbon
Direct Trade

Sweet and vibrant, this coffee thrives in the rich volcanic soil of the mountain gorillas’ homeland. Look for the bite of starfruit above a pecan nuttiness, and a smooth, clover-honey finish. Our choice for a perfect shot of espresso.

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Muhazi

Region: Eastern Rwanda Lake Region
Elevation: 4600-5200 feet
Roast: Medium
Processing: Washed
Varietal: Bourbon
Direct Trade

Soft, earthy, and deep, this coffee comes from the resort area of Lake Muhazi. Hints of bittersweet chocolate coupled with the spicy smoothness of strong black tea make this an amazing choice for drip coffee.

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Akagera

Region: Southeast Rwanda Wildlife Region
Elevation: 4200-4900 feet
Roast: Medium
Processing: Washed
Varietal: Bourbon
Direct Trade

An aggressive coffee with a sharp tartness and clean finish. Akagera is medium-bodied with hints of brambleberry, black tea, and cardamom, as well as peppery aromatics. Wonderful as a drip coffee or iced coffee.

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