|Roaster Location:||Branford, Connecticut|
|Coffee Origin:||Gakenke District, Northern Province, Rwanda|
|Est. Price:||$15.99/16 ounces|
|Review Date:||June 2018|
Blind Assessment: Balanced, sweetly savory. Lime zest, toffee, fresh-cut fir, cashew, lilac-like flowers in aroma and cup. Quietly sweet-tart structure; full, velvety mouthfeel. Lime zest and toffee carry the finish.
Notes: This coffee tied for the fifth-highest rating in a cupping of coffees from the Great Lakes region of Africa for Coffee Review’s June 2018 tasting report. Produced entirely of the Bourbon variety of Arabica by the Hingakawa Women's Cooperative, the first farmers’ association in Rwanda run entirely by women. This is a wet-processed or “washed” coffee, meaning the fruit skin and pulp were removed from the beans immediately after harvesting and before drying. It is certified fair trade, meaning it was purchased at a price no less than the minimum determined by the certifying agency to be economically sustainable for the farmers. Willoughby’s Coffee & Tea is a pioneer specialty coffee roaster established in the early 1980s that has gracefully and successfully moved with the times and now offers a menu of extremely refined small-lot, single-origin coffees. Visitwww.willoughbyscoffee.com or call 800-388-8400 for more information.
The Bottom Line: A citrusy, sweet-toned Rwanda cup with inviting notes of rich toffee.
This review originally appeared in the June, 2018 tasting report: African Great Lakes Coffees: Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Congo, Tanzania