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Philippe Sinoyobye

Philippe’s estate is about twice the average Rwandan coffee farm, which allows him to process and sell coffee under his own name. We find cherry and mandarin sweetness with a more-ish golden sultana body.

Body     Acidity

Roasted omni for filter and espresso

It is extremely rare to be able to get a coffee that is traceable back to a single producer in Rwanda, so we feel extremely fortunate to be able to share this special micro-lot from Philippe Sinoyobye.

Most of the coffees we source from Rwanda are traceable back to a washing station, or sometimes a farmer group. Most washing stations in Rwanda receive cherry from hundreds (and sometimes thousands) of farmers who own very small plots of land – on average less than a quarter hectare, with just 300-600 coffee trees. Separation of such tiny lots is expensive and impractical, so the large majority of coffees are processed as a mixed lot from multiple producers. Typically, lots are separated as day lots (ie. cherries that were all picked on the same day) rather than by a single farm or producer group.

Single producer micro-lots like this one are not common. In this case, it is made possible due to the size of Philippe’s farm, which totals 0.7 hectares and some 2000 coffee trees (making it over double the average size farm). Philippe is also a member of the Abahuzamugambi Ba Kawa Maraba cooperative, who own their own dry mill where they can process smaller lots individually, whilst minimising cost and maintaining excellent quality standards.

The farm sits at 1,800 meters above sea level and is managed by Philippe with the help of his wife. In total, they produce around 6,000kg of cherry each year. Philippe’s coffee is processed at the nearby Kabuye washing station.


All the images and information about this coffee and its producers have been kindly shared by the importer, Melbourne Coffee Merchants, and edited by us, Sample Coffee (unless linked to or credited otherwise).

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Philippe Sinoyobye




Huye District


1800m above sea level


Red Bourbon




April 2023





Tasting notes

Cherry, golden sultana, and mandarin

Roast style


Map showing location of Rwanda Philippe Sinoyobye

The location

Coffee from Rwanda

Since the genocide of 1994, coffee has come to represent a symbol of recovery and regrowth for Rwanda.

The Southern and Western Region region of Rwanda

Centred around 3 main areas; the Huye mountains, the Nyamagabe region, and the Nyamasheke region in close proximity to Lake Kivu

Farm processes

Washed process

Machines are used to remove the flesh from the coffee cherry before being fermented in water, washed again, and finally sun dried. This process tends to result in more distinct, cleaner flavours.

Coffee delivery: coffee in resealable bag and farm information card

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