|Roaster Location:||Seattle, Washington|
|Review Date:||June 2007|
Blind Assessment: Gentle, balanced, agreeably simple aroma, with distinct floral notes and a hint of milk chocolate. The floral tones carry into a soft, sweet cup with orange and a spice note that could qualify as cinnamon. Flattens a bit in the finish but remains sweet.
Notes: The coffee cooperatives of Rwanda, benefiting from superb growing conditions, traditional varieties of arabica, and support from aid agencies and coffee idealists, are beginning to produce coffees that rank among the world's finest and most distinctive. Bourbon is a prestigious heirloom variety of Coffea arabica. AA is the highest grade of Rwanda coffee based on largest bean size and fewest visually imperfect beans. Zoka is a leading small-batch roaster particularly specializing in espresso blends and espresso education. Visit www.zokacoffee.com or call 206-545-4313 for more information.
Who Should Drink It: Patient coffee explorers: A simple but interesting and unusual cup.
This review originally appeared in the June, 2007 tasting report: Alternative Africas: Rwanda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe