Rwanda Ikawa by Counter Culture Coffee Review |
  • Counter Culture Coffee

    Durham, North Carolina
  • Rwanda Ikawa

Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: June 2009
Origin: Butare, southern Rwanda. Price: NA

Blind Assessment: Co-cupper Jim Reynolds (88): "This coffee had a complex, well-balanced aroma that reminded me of a vanilla flower, although I?ve never smelled a vanilla flower. I wish more of this had carried over into the cup, because the flavor was not as complex [nor] as interesting." Ken (92), on the other hand, found the floral and prune-toned fruit character of the aroma carried well into the cup, joined by cocoa and a slight, not unpleasant, salt or savory note. Ken and Jim agreed, however, in praising the richly resonant finish.

Notes: Rwanda's tremendous potential as fine coffee producer has only come to fruition over the past four to five years owing to generous support from international aid agencies, the specialty coffee community and the industry of its growers. Produced entirely from trees of the heirloom French Mission Bourbon variety by members of the Nyakizu community. Counter Culture is a small-batch wholesale specialty roaster with an informative and lively website, a commitment to fine coffee and youthful, enthusiastic leadership. Visit or call 888-238-5282 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Those who can easily imagine the smell of vanilla flowers.


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