Rwanda Karaba Fair Trade
|Roaster Location:||Thornton, Colorado|
|Review Date:||September 2007|
Blind Assessment: Intense, high-toned aroma: flowers, butterscotch, orange. In the cup wine-like acidity, deep body and a continued buttery, honeyed, giddily floral character complicated by tart cherry, orange and pipe tobacco notes. Long, rich, flavor-saturated finish.
Notes: The coffee cooperatives of Rwanda, benefiting from superb growing conditions, traditional varieties of arabica and support from aid agencies and coffee idealists, are beginning to produce coffees that rank among the world's finest and most distinctive. This coffee, like many produced in Rwanda, is certified Fair Trade, meaning it was purchased from small-holding farmers at a "fair" or economically sustainable price. Allegro Coffee, a subsidiary of Whole Foods Market, offers one of the country's largest selections of single-origin coffees. Visit
Who Should Drink It: Social idealists who perceive no contradiction between the pure and the voluptuous.
This review originally appeared in the September, 2007 tasting report: Fair-Trade Coffees: The Controversy and the Cup