|Fort Bragg, California
|Rwanda, Central Africa
Low-toned fruit (peach?), semi-sweet chocolate and fresh-cut cedar notes in the aroma. The cup is delicate but lush, enlivened by a softly tart acidity and complicated by continued fruit (cherry, peach) and semi-sweet chocolate notes. The finish is simple but sweetly clean.
With the help of aid agencies and generous volunteering from specialty coffee professionals, Rwanda currently is emerging as a source of fine high-end coffee in the great fruit and floral tradition of East and Central Africa. This coffee is produced from trees of the heirloom Bourbon variety of the Arabica species by the Dukunde Kawa cooperative at an elevation of 6,600 feet, close to mountain gorilla habitat. A percentage of the sale of each package is donated to the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International. One of the country's groundbreaking socially and environmentally progressive roasters, Thanksgiving has aimed to combine coffee quality with social and environmental responsibility long before the latter preoccupations became fashionable. Visit www.thanksgivingcoffee.com or call 800-648-6491 for more information.
Who Should Drink It
Those coffee drinkers moved by the miracle of mountain gorillas, by the recovery of Rwanda, and by the miraculous pleasure of a delicately lush coffee like this one.
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This review originally appeared in the February, 2005 tasting report: Fruit and Flowers: Coffees of Central and Southern Africa