Ancora Coffee Roasters
Rwanda A, Gikongoro Bufcafe
|Roaster Location:||Madison, Wisconsin|
|Coffee Origin:||Gikongoro Province, southwestern Rwanda.|
|Review Date:||March 2004|
Blind Assessment: Superb aroma: sweet, balanced, intense, with deep dimension and a grand range of nuance, ranging from floral top notes to mid-tones of papaya and perhaps pear. In the cup an explosive entry, with intense, almost contradictory impressions of sweetness, bitterness, acidity and distinct floral and cherry-toned fruit. This amazing cup hardens a bit toward the finish, although the finish itself is smoothly rich and floral.
Notes: This is a pre-production sample roast of a coffee that should be available from Ancora beginning in April, 2004. Gikongoro is the name of the "washing station" or wet mill where the coffee fruit is removed from the bean; "Bufcafe" is the name of the exporter. Produced from coffee grown by small holders entirely from trees of the heritage Bourbon variety at impressive elevations of 5,500 to 6,200 feet. Ancora Coffee is a wholesale and retail roaster and local cafè chain that emphasizes its commitment to "small-batch artisan roasting." Visit
Who Should Drink It: Those who can tolerate some sensory confusion for the sake of grandeur.
This review originally appeared in the March, 2004 tasting report: Emerging Origins