JBC Coffee Roasters

Bufcafe Rwanda Espresso

Location: Madison, Wisconsin

Origin: Nyamagabe district, Southern Province, Rwanda

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $17.25/12 ounces

Review Date: January 2018

Agtron: 54/78

Aroma: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 7

With Milk: 9

Blind Assessment:

Evaluated as espresso. Delicate, crisply sweet-savory. Tamarind, baker’s chocolate, rhododendron, mulberry, oak in aroma and small cup. Confident, satiny-smooth mouthfeel; richly drying finish redolent of chocolate-toned aromatic oak. In three parts milk, chocolate and sweet floral notes merge and bloom, and a pretty hint of tangerine zest also surfaces.


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 unapologetically savory-sweet coffee, especially attractive in milk, where both basic taste tendencies are enhanced by notes of tamarind and citrus zest.

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