|Roaster Location:||Portland, Oregon|
|Coffee Origin:||Rwanda, Central Africa|
|Review Date:||February 2005|
Blind Assessment: Everything explodes near the top of the profile in this intensely fragrant coffee. The aroma is rich with floral, sweet lemon and lush chocolate notes. Exhilarating floral tones dominate the cup, but to simply call them floral understates their complexity: This is a whole symphonic garden of flowers. The body is light but the impression and mouthfeel delicate and buoyant. Only the very slightest astringency in the finish mars this exceptional coffee.
Notes: With the help of aid agencies and generous volunteering from specialty coffee professionals, Rwanda currently is emerging as a source of fine high-end coffee in the great fruit and floral tradition of East and Central Africa. Stumptown Coffee is a small-batch premium roasting company that wholesales its coffees as well as serves them in French press format in its three Portland cafes. Visit www.stumptowncoffee.com or call 503-230-7797 for more information.
Who Should Drink It : Lovers of fragrant, exquisitely light-footed beverages.
This review originally appeared in the February, 2005 tasting report: Fruit and Flowers: Coffees of Central and Southern Africa