Sovu

Rwanda

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A well-rounded juicy espresso

A coffee with fruity notes of plums, sea buckthorn and sweet raisins make this a juicy and round espresso with a lot of character. 
Flavour Category
fruit fruit
High quality coffee has wide ranging, naturally occurring taste notes. The dominant flavour profile in this coffee is Fruit. Many coffees have fruity notes, not surprising considering that coffee beans are seeds of a fruit. Naturally processed coffees are often fruity as the method enables more of the sugars in the fruit are absorbed in the beans.
Roast
This coffee is a light roast. Roast level influences the flavour and body of coffee. Darker roasts are fuller bodied, lighter roasts brighter. The beans are light brown in colour (unsurprisingly), it will retain more of the natural flavour of the coffee. This can result in a higher acidity and may often show more fruit and floral notes. This roast style means the quality of the coffee shines through the best.
Quality Score
85.5
Coffee scoring over 80 on Speciality Coffee Association scale is considered High Quality, Speciality Coffee.
Best Brewed As
espresso
This coffee is best brewed as an espresso (coffee shop type machine or a bean to cup). All our coffees can be brewed using any method, but this is our recommendation for a method which suits the coffee particularly well.
Processing Method
This coffee was processed using the natural method. Post-harvest processing influences the taste profile. Washed coffees are brighter, naturally processed are sweeter and honey processed are somewhere in between.

More about this coffee

Fruity notes of plums, sea buckthorn and sweet raisins make this a juicy and round
espresso with a lot of character. Try with milk to enjoy a sweet and indulgent cup
with notes of toffee and roasted pecan.


This coffee has been grown by members of the Abahuzamugambi Ba Kawa
Maraba Cooperative, we know as “Maraba”, our longest-standing producer
partner. Maraba has four washing stations where cherries are washed and pulped.
This particular lot has been harvested and processed by the members using the
Sovu washing station and has been naturally processed - allowed to dry in the sun
with the cherries attached to the bean - giving the coffee distinctive, fruity notes.

VARIETALS

  • Bourbon

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Maraba Sovu

Rwanda

Maraba Sovu (pronounced “ma-rah-bah so-voo”) is among the four coffee washing stations owned by the Abahuzamugambi Ba Kawa Maraba Cooperative, we know as “Maraba”. With over a thousand members, they have three more coffee washing stations. Kibingo, Kabuye, and Cyarumbu. Around 400 farmers who supply cherry to Sovu Washing Station, the smallest of the four.

Abahuzamugambi Ba Kawa means ‘Together we work the coffee’. Both our co-founders Steven and Jeremy have been involved with this cooperative since it’s establishment in 2001. In the wake of the devastating 1994 genocide, coffee has become a symbol of progress and hope in the community.

Farmers own very little coffee plots, with often no more than 500 coffee trees, by selling their coffee to Abahuzamugambi Ba Kawa Maraba, these small-scale farmers can combine their harvests into large enough quantities for export and process cherries centrally.

The Sovu Coffee Washing Station was constructed in 2005 and coffee from Sovu has won various awards in the past, including the prestigious Cup of Excellence Award.

Coffee washing stations, as the name suggest normally focus on washed coffees, the coffee cherry gets removed from its outer skin, and subsequently undergoes a fermentation process to dissolve the mucilage on the bean, after that the coffee is washed and sundried.

 

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UK

We aim to despatch all orders within 2 working days of receiving them. During peak mail order periods (for instance, Christmas or other promotional activities), this timeframe may be extended slightly, although every effort will be made to despatch your order as soon as possible. 

All our coffees are roasted to order so we require at least one working day before we can despatch your order

Standard delivery is charged at £2 per order (mainland UK)
For all orders over £15 (before delivery) or over 2KG in weight, delivery is FREE 

Convenient Delivery packaging

In an effort to reduce wasteful packaging and also make delivery more convenient for you. If your order is 2 x 200g bags of coffee or less your delivery will be sent in a box designed to fit through your letterbox. So you no longer need to wait in for your Union Coffee delivery.
N.B not all letterboxes are made equal. Our boxes are designed to meet the Royal Mail letterbox guidelines, sadly this doesn't cover all letterboxes. We've discovered that older houses can often have unusual dimensions and the box may not fit through.

Our Couriers

For all Orders under 2kg (equivalent to 9 x 200g bags of coffee or less) your delivery will be sent 48 Hour Tracked Royal Mail
For all Orders over 2kg are sent recorded delivery via DPD (delivery on working days only)

 

 

INTERNATIONAL

Unfortunately due to the increasing complexity and challenge of crossing borders around the world at the moment, we now only offer delivery to the United Kingdom.

 

 

If you would rather order by phone, please call the Roastery on +44 20 7474 8990 and we will happily take your order and quote for shipping if relevant.

Where goods are unavailable, or out of stock, Union Hand-Roasted will advise customers appropriately through the online shop or by email or phone where those have been provided with an order.
Re-orders of previous shipments can be done easily through the 'my account' section of the website. If one or more products is out of stock, the re-order link will not be visible. Please check individual products required, or select alternatives.

Our online shop no longer has a minimum transaction value.

 

RETURNS AND REFUNDS

Returns Policy


If there has been a delivery issue or your parcel has exceeded its collection period, Royal Mail will return the parcel to us as sender. You can check on the delivery status of your order using the tracking number provided.

If your coffee is being returned, contact us here with your order details and we’ll be happy to arrange for the parcel to be redelivered to you, once it arrives. This policy also applies to our DPD customers.

To avoid missing your parcel, we recommend checking your delivery address is correct before placing the order and once it’s despatched, checking the delivery status via the tracking number.

When we receive a returned parcel, we will always endeavour to contact the customer and offer redelivery. If we do not hear back within 2 weeks of contact, the coffee will be donated.

As all of our coffee is freshly hand roasted to order, we cannot accept returns/exchanges unless specifically requested by our Customer Service team.

 

Union Hand-Roasted Coffee does not refund or exchange coffees, teas etc. if ordered incorrectly through our website.

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