Question Coffee

Rwanda Twongere Umusaruro

Location: Kigali, Rwanda

Origin: Rukara, Eastern Province, Rwanda

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $13.99/12 ounces

Review Date: June 2017

Agtron: 54/76

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 9

Blind Assessment:

Sweetly pungent, rich-toned, savory. Peach, violet, pistachio, molasses, thyme in aroma and cup. Gentle, backgrounded acidity; syrupy, lean though smooth mouthfeel. The resonant finish is long, leading with attractive floral top notes, followed by hints of stone fruit, finally rounding to cocoa and herb tones in the very long.


This exceptional coffee was selected as the No. 30 coffee on Coffee Review’s list of the Top 30 Coffees of 2017.  Since 2013, this women’s cooperative has received training in agronomy, market access, and quality control from Sustainable Harvest Rwanda, by way of a grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies. “Twongere Umusaruro” means “increase production”; in the last two years, these farmers have nearly doubled their incomes and their yield per coffee tree. 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. This coffee tied for the third-highest rating in a tasting of women-produced coffees for Coffee Review‘s June 2017 tasting report. Question Coffee, based in Kigali Rwanda with roasting carried out by Nossa Familia in Portland, Oregon, was founded in 2015 to improve the lives of farmers and promote gender equality in coffee-growing organizations. This coffee was made possible by the Relationship Coffee Institute (Sustainable Harvest’s sister organization, and the NGO behind Question Coffee). Visit www.questioncoffee.com for more information.

The Bottom Line: A complex Rwanda cup that rewards patience with an unfolding of sweet fruit and floral notes juxtaposed with suggestions of savory herbs.

This review originally appeared in the June, 2017 tasting report: Holding Up (More Than) Half The Sky: Coffees From Women Producers

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