Review and Extraction videos of Halfwit Coffees new single origin Rwanda Tumba Village
Type: Single Origin
Region: Rulindo District
Producer: Kinini / Tumba Village Cooperative
Processing: Fully Washed
Variety: Bourbon 139
Flavor Notes: Lemon Zest, Pineapple, Milk Chocolate
When Halfwit contacted me a few weeks ago and told me they had some new single origins, specifically a Rwandan, I expected they would be really good, but they did not prepare me for the level of insanity I was about to experience!
First off, the Kinini Coffee Co-op is truly inspirational! For those of you unfamiliar, Kinini Coffee built one of the coolest models I've ever heard of. They provided non coffee farmers with coffee plants, technical expertise, washing stations, mills, and a means to export their coffee from the ground up. Due to their energy, attention to detail, and dedication, only four years later they are producing incredible coffee!
The Rulindo District of the Northern Province is known for it's bright bursting citrus notes, and this coffee is no exception. Straight away this coffee smacks your taste buds with a crisp sparkling pineapple lemonade flavor! WARNING.. it can be overpowering if not properly dialed in. The really great thing about this coffee, is that the citric acidity is very easy to manipulate and control. However, there is a sweet spot right in the middle that really makes this coffee shine! A beautiful complex sweetness rolls in hard and strong, and lingers on the tongue. The flavor is intoxicating and it tastes how I imagine a pineapple upside-down cake soaked with a sparkling lemonade would taste. A finer grind setting, and a long slow pre-infusion did the trick for me. I also experimented with various filter baskets to see which one best accentuated this specific coffee. For me, the Barista Pro filter basket from IMS really knocked it out of the park!
Machine: Breville Dual Boiler 920XL (modified with pressure profiling)
Grinder: Niche Zero w / NFC Disk
Tamper: The Force Tamper 58.5mm Flat
WDT Tool: Londinium
Filter Basket: IMS Barista Pro (best of the 4 baskets I tested)
EXTRACTION SPECS & INFORMATION
Weight In: 18.5 grams
Weight Out: 32 - 36 grams
Temperature: 200 F
Time: 30 - 35 seconds
Preinfusion: 15 - 20 seconds, slowly building to 3 bars
Notes: After PI I held the pressure at 3 to 4 bars until the shot starts to drop then I pushed up to 9 bars.