Rwanda – Huye District

(6 customer reviews)


The Collector

Light – City

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The Huye district, not far from Rwanda’s southern shared border with Burundi, has a strong reputation when it comes to coffee. Huye’s main city, known as both Huye and Butare, is Rwanda’s third largest city and home to the University of Rwanda campus. It is a bustling, well-educated city surrounded by talented coffee producers. A winning combination for specialty development. Huye is much dryer than the nearby Nyamasheke district, whose position between the mighty Nyungwe National Forest and the miraculous Lake Kivu leaves it naturally endowed for fully washed processing. However, Huye receives strong, reliable rains and the coffee potential has always been high. A few talented producer groups here managed to put Huye on the map in the late aughts with some of the first traceable and collaborative relationship coffees the U.S. specialty industry had seen.
Horizon is a Huye-area washing station, recently purchased in 2018 from previous operators who had left it in poor shape. The new name, Horizon, was chosen to represent a vision of long-term quality and optimism. The management team had ample combined experience from running processing stations in the western province, and immediately set about restoring machinery and re-designing quality assurance protocols. The result, in just a few harvests, has been consistently bright, aromatic and honey-sweet coffee. This past season Horizon produced 2 containers of coffee. Coffee at Horizon is hand-picked by participating smallholder farmers and carefully inspected upon delivery to the washing station. After depulping in a vintage disk pulper, coffee is fermented underwater, washed clean with fresh water, and then dried on raised beds for 10-14 days.
Horizon works with Rwanda Trading Company (RTC), a miller and exporter that began in 2010 managing small shipments of coffee from Kigali and has since grown into one of the best end-to-end value chain operators in the country. RTC works with dozens of washing stations across the country, not only milling and marketing their finished coffee, but also pre-financing harvests, providing farm management curriculums to local teams, helping processors establish their cherry prices, and centralizing quality control, allowing them to break down or combine deliveries to maximize returns to washing stations and coops. The title of this coffee, “Inzovu Supreme”, is RTC’s label for full-container-load, top quality lots that they market each year. In this case, the coffee is from a single washing station; but other Inzovu Supreme lots can be multi-station blends depending on profile.


Region: Huye District, Southern Province, Rwanda
Altitude: 1700 MASL
Harvest: March – July

Smallholder farmers organized around the Horizon Coffee Washing Station

Local bourbon varieties

Fully washed and dried in raised beds

FLAVOR Cherry, caramel, cranberry, sweet
BODY Medium

Light – City

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6 reviews for Rwanda – Huye District

  1. keith.a.schaal (verified owner)

    We loved this coffee. It had intense flavor without being bitter.

  2. Vinh Le (verified owner)

    Please please make this into a subscription coffee as I would be your first customer 🙂 buying it bi-monthly 🙂 i love this coffee it’s light roast and fruity taste brings me to so many beautiful places 🙂

  3. Nicholas Brown (verified owner)

    I mean it’s blueberry. Blueberry, so hot right now!

    Modest just continues to knock it right out of the park. If you’re a mild coffee fan buy 2. You’ll thank yourself later!

    Thanks for the abundant trips to flavor country!

  4. Evan MacDonald (verified owner)

    Wow. Just wow. Almost punches you in the face with blueberry and plum flavors.

  5. defmut (verified owner)

    One of the only coffees I like smelling more than drinking.

  6. Caylee Kleber (verified owner)

    I just recently received my 5lb bag of this coffee. LET ME SAY I am NEVER disappointed in any coffee from Modest. In my humble opinion this coffee is superior to any coffee you will ever have. Needless to say I am obsessed and a forever customer of Modest Coffee. They sell their coffee out of Naperville farmers market and that is where the love began. I order a 5lb bag every month or so because I use an espresso machine and serve myself and others in the house this beautiful coffee daily. 5lbs is a great deal and lasts just long enough. I have had many different roasts and origins from them and again…. NEVER disappointed. Love what you guys do. Thank you.

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