JBC Coffee Roasters

Kivu Belt Lot 32 Espresso

Location: Madison, Wisconsin

Origin: Nyamasheke District, Rwanda

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $16.20/12 ounces

Review Date: April 2019

Agtron: 52/74

Aroma: 9

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

With Milk: 9

Blind Assessment:

Evaluated as espresso. Richly savory-leaning, deeply sweet. Tamarind, dark chocolate, sunchoke, wisteria, almond butter in aroma and small cup. Velvety-smooth mouthfeel; cocoa- and nut-toned finish. In three parts milk, sweet and savory present in particularly harmonious balance.


Produced from trees of local strains of the heirloom Bourbon variety of Arabica.  Processed at the Murundo Washing Station by the 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 impressively integrated Rwanda espresso, equally sweet and savory. Especially pleasing in milk, where chocolate and tamarind suggestions contribute to a bright, expressive cappuccino.

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