Passenger - Archival Release #23 - 04/29/22

Passenger - Archival Release #23 - 04/29/22

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    Release #23: Kanzu 2019

    Beautiful coffees from Kanzu, a famous washing station located on the shores of Lake Kivu in southwestern Rwanda, have been well loved highlights of Passenger’s Reserve Lot menu for a number of years. This limited release - carefully preserved in our frozen archive since this coffee was retired from the menu - represents the 2019 harvest at Kanzu.
    The name Kanzu, as a quick tour of specialty roasters’ menus in late autumn and winter will invariably confirm, has become virtually synonymous with high quality coffee from Rwanda thanks to the success that this washing station has consistently achieved in recent years. This was not always the case. As recently as 10 years ago, the coffees from Kanzu were frustratingly inconsistent: sometimes unbelievably good, sometimes quite disappointing. A positive development from the quality consistency standpoint occurred in 2012 when the washing station was purchased by C. Dorman of Nairobi, a storied name in East African coffee. Since the change in ownership, Kanzu has produced excellent coffees year after year, solidifying its reputation as the perennial source of some of the finest coffees in Rwanda.
    Ripe coffee cherry is delivered daily to the Kanzu station during the harvest season (lots are generally numbered according to their date of delivery). The coffee is pulped using disc pulping machine after which it is fermented for upwards of 24 hours. After fermentation, the coffee is washed in long channels, soaked once more overnight, and finally spread out to dry on raised beds. The result is a crystalline representation of Rwandan terroir and heirloom Bourbon plant genetics.

    Freezer Fridays

    The Freezer Friday archival release series provides a unique new opportunity to explore Passenger’s treasure trove of notable harvests from the past. As those familiar with our approach to green coffee preservation will already know, we have actively stored our green coffee in an off-site deep freeze facility since our start as a company, keeping the coffees that we purchase in pristine condition following arrival.

    While the majority of Reserve Lot coffees that we buy sell out within months of their first appearance on our menu, we have, since our start in 2014, saved small volumes of many of our most extraordinary coffees for future enjoyment. 

    Inspecting the harvest at Gesha Village Estates

    Selecting gems from the past at Passenger’s off-site freezer archive

    This year we will begin to make a few of these “greatest hits” available for purchase in extremely limited quantities. Each release will be announced through Social Media and limited to 1 per order.

    The archival lots that we will be releasing in this way are not only shining examples of plant genetics, terroir, and skilled processing, they also offer a unique nostalgic opportunity: to revisit our previous experiences with these coffees and acknowledge once again some of the true high-water marks of producers whose coffees we have been privileged to taste over the years.

    • 4.29.22 Release #23: Kanzu 2019

    • 3.10.22 Release #22: Worka Chelbessa 2020

    • 2.18.22 Release #21: German Córdoba 2018

    • 1.14.22 Release #20: Caballero Java 2019

    • 12.31.21 Release #19: Hacienda La Esmeralda 2019 - Dry Process

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