Rwanda by Kickapoo Coffee Review |
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: September 2007
Origin: Rwanda. Price: NA

Blind Assessment: Very sweet-toned aroma with distinct floral and fresh coffee fruit notes. In the cup sustains its sweetness with a delicate intensity and continued floral and fresh coffee fruit (tart cherry) notes that carry into a long, richly bright finish.

Notes: The coffee cooperatives of Rwanda, benefiting from superb growing conditions, traditional varieties of arabica and support from aid agencies and coffee idealists, are beginning to produce coffees that rank among the world's finest and most distinctive. This Rwanda is certified organically grown. It is also described as "100% Fair Trade" on the front of the bag, but judging by the absence of trademarked seal it apparently is not certified Fair Trade by TransFair USA, the sole American certifier for the Fairtrade Labeling Organizations International (FLO), instead bearing the seal of the Fair Trade Federation, a membership (rather than certifying) organization devoted to "providing fair wages and good employment opportunities to economically disadvantaged artisans and farmers worldwide" (from the website Kickapoo Coffee is a Wisconsin micro-roaster devoted to organic and fair-trade principles and coffees. Visit or call 608-637-2022 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Pure-palated social idealists who can tolerate some ambiguity in credentialing.


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