|Roaster Location:||Viroqua, Wisconsin|
|Review Date:||June 2009|
Balanced, pungent character - "smoky and nutty" for co-cupper Jim Reynolds (89), "prune, nut, aromatic wood" for Ken (90) with rich floral hints. Smooth mouthfeel, round, rich finish.
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. Made up entirely of the admired Bourbon cultivar Bourbon Mayaguez, this lot of coffee was produced by the cooperative known as COOPAC (Cooperative pour la Promotion des Activities Cafe.) Wonderstate Coffee, formerly Kickapoo Coffee, is an award-winning roaster based in rural Wisconsin known for their commitment to guaranteeing higher pay for farmers and being the country’s first 100% solar powered roastery. Visit https://wonderstate.com/ for more information.
Who Should Drink It
A simple, rich Rwanda with tight-knit complexity. The pungent fruit may reflect the prized Bourbon cultivar.
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This review originally appeared in the June, 2009 tasting report: Alternative Africas: Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania