JBC Coffee Roasters

Rwanda Bufcafe Espresso

Location: Madison, Wisconsin

Origin: Nyamagabe district, Southern Province, Rwanda

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $17.85/12 ounces

Review Date: March 2017

Agtron: 53/70

Aroma: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 8

Aftertaste: 8

With Milk: 8

Blind Assessment:

Evaluated as espresso. Deeply rich, sweetly savory. Dark chocolate, orange zest, vanilla, tamarind, pungently spicy flowers (lantana?) in aroma and small cup. Plush, syrupy mouthfeel; bold, sweetly tart finish with suggestions of cocoa-toned tamarind and orange zest. Crisply sweet in three parts milk, where notes of dark chocolate are amplified and the tart sweetness of tamarind-like fruit persists.


Produced from trees of the heirloom Bourbon variety of Arabica. Epiphanie Mukashyaka established the now famous Bufcafe washing station or wet mill following the Rwandan genocide and the loss of most of her family. She and her son now operate two wet mills and a dry mill in the area. Processed by the conventional wet or “washed” method, in which skin and fruit flesh are removed from the beans or seeds before they are dried. JBC Coffee Roasters’ vision is simple: “let the coffee lead the way” through sourcing and roasting the best and most unique coffees available and rewarding the farmers who grow those coffees with substantial premiums. Visit www.jbccoffeeroasters.com or call 608-256-5282 for more information.

The Bottom Line: An intriguing espresso for those who enjoy an unapologetically savory-inclined structure, softened and animated by an dark chocolate and orange zest sweetness.

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