|Roaster Location:||Thornton, Colorado|
|Coffee Origin:||Gikongoro, Nyamagabe region, southern Rwanda.|
|Review Date:||October 2014|
Blind Assessment: Savory, bittersweet, quietly rich. Plum, roasted cacao nib, roasted potato, hints of flowers, aromatic wood and tangerine in aroma and cup. Crisp, bittersweet acidity. Lightly syrupy, lively mouthfeel. Rich though drying finish.
Notes: Produced entirely from trees of the heirloom Bourbon variety of Arabica. This coffee comes from the Multi-Sector-Investment group (MIG), a cooperative created by the Rwandan government in 2004 to aid in development of coffee, honey and tea. Rwanda’s impressive potential as fine coffee producer has come to fruition over the past decade owing to the industry of its growers, generous support from international aid agencies, and the commitment of North American specialty coffee roasters. This coffee tied for fourth-place honors in the East Africa category at the 2014 HarVee awards for retail-roasted renditions of green coffees imported to North America by Sustainable Harvest Specialty Coffee Importers. Allegro Coffee, a subsidiary of Whole Foods Market, offers one of the country’s largest selections of single-origin coffees. Visit www.allegrocoffee.com or call 800-227-1107 for more information.
Who Should Drink It: Lovers of sturdy coffees balancing sweet, bitter, savory and tart sensations with quietly engaging aromatics.
This review originally appeared in the October, 2014 tasting report: Roast, Variety, Sustainability: HarVee Awards Coffees 2014