JBC Coffee Roasters

Bufcafe Rwanda

Location: Madison, Wisconsin

Origin: Nyamagabe District, Southern Province, Rwanda

Roast: Light

Est. Price: $17.25/12 ounces

Review Date: January 2018

Agtron: 60/84

Aroma: 9

Acidity/Structure: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 7

Aftertaste: 9

Blind Assessment:

Deeply sweet, richly savory. Dried apricot, roasted cacao nib, freesia, almond, tamarind in aroma and cup. Balanced, sweet-savory structure; syrupy-smooth mouthfeel. The finish leads with notes of dried stone fruit and spicy florals in the short, rounding to almond and cocoa in the long, with a hint of tamarind-like sweet-tartness.


Produced from trees of local strains 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: A superior Rwanda cup, classically sweet-savory with an appealing high-toned crispness.

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