New Harvest Coffee Roasters
Rwanda Bourbon Ingoboka Cooperative
|Pawtucket, Rhode Island
Intense, complex but elegant aromatics - flowers, chocolate, butter (or perhaps butterscotch), cherryish fruit - carry from nose through cup into the short finish. The acidity is gentle and balanced, the mouthfeel lean but delicate.
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. New Harvest is an artisan roasting company focusing on refined coffee and responsible sourcing. Visit
Who Should Drink It
The unusual floral/chocolate/butter aromatics are a bit reminiscent of the great Esmeralda Estate Panama, currently the world record holder for coffee price and buzz.
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This review originally appeared in the June, 2007 tasting report: Alternative Africas: Rwanda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe