Toms Roasting Co.

Rwanda Butare

Location: Los Angeles, California

Origin: Butare, Rwanda

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $12.99/12 ounces

Review Date: February 2016

Agtron: 58/82

Aroma: 7

Acidity: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 8

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Quiet, sweet-savory. Green apple, brown sugar, cedar, white peppercorn in aroma and cup. Brisk, juicy acidity; plump mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a crisp, dry finish.


Rwanda’s impressive potential as fine coffee producer has come to fruition over the past two decades, owing to the industry of its growers, generous support from international aid agencies, and the commitment of North American specialty coffee roasters. Purchased as whole bean in a 12-ounce foil bag with one-way degassing valve at a Whole Foods location in northern California. This sample was roasted and packaged at Toms’ Los Angeles, California facility. The company’s business model includes a donation to charity with every purchase. Visit www.toms.com/coffee for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Those who value a brisk rendition of tart fruit and pungent, peppery cedar notes, as well as coffee drinkers interested in supporting this company’s philanthropic efforts directed toward delivering clean water to those who have none or little.

This review originally appeared in the February, 2016 tasting report: Trolling the Supermarkets for Single-Origin Coffees

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