|Roaster Location:||Emeryville, California|
|Coffee Origin:||Nyamagabe region, Rwanda.|
|Est. Price:||$18.00/16 ounces|
|Review Date:||May 2014|
Blind Assessment: Deep, pungent, complexly chocolate-toned. Dark chocolate, hazelnut, apricot, hints of night-blooming flowers and black currant in aroma and cup. Tart, richly brisk acidity; syrupy, lively mouthfeel. Chocolate and flowers in particular carry into a richly drying finish.
Notes: Rwanda's tremendous potential as fine coffee producer has only come to fruition over the past four to five years owing to generous support from international aid agencies, the specialty coffee community and the industry of its growers. This coffee is produced entirely from trees of the heirloom Bourbon variety of Arabica. Epiphanie Mukashyaka established the now famous Bufcafe washing station or wet mill following the Rwandan genocide and the loss of most of her family. She and her son now operate two wet mills and a dry mill in the area. Highwire Coffee Roasters is a small-batch coffee roaster located in Emeryville, California. Established in 2011, Highwire pursues the straightforward goal of sharing the coffees it loves with the community. Visit www.highwirecoffee.com or call 510-420-0473 for more information.
Who Should Drink It : A hint of the elegant dry berry character animating Kenya coffee complicates this deeper, more chocolaty version of the Kenya coffee idea.
This review originally appeared in the May, 2014 tasting report: Rwanda and Central Africa: Sweet and a Hint of Savory