Counter Culture Coffee
Rwanda Karaba Koakaka Fair Trade
|Roaster Location:||Durham, North Carolina|
|Review Date:||June 2007|
Blind Assessment: Sweet-toned, soft aroma with flickers of flowers, chocolate and pear-like temperate fruit. In the cup quietly acidy, with a richly syrupy mouthfeel and a round, balanced structure. Continued flowers, chocolate and fruit, though in the cup the fruit is more honeyish date than pear. Simple, rich 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 is certified Fair Trade, meaning it was purchased from small-holding farmers at a "fair" or economically sustainable price. It was selected from the year's production by a consortium of specialty coffee buyers, including Counter Culture's Peter Giuliano. Counter Culture Coffee is a small-batch wholesale specialty roaster with an informative and lively website, a commitment to exceptional coffee and youthful, enthusiastic leadership. Visit www.counterculturecoffee.com or call 888-238-5282 for more information.
Who Should Drink It: Hedonistic idealists.
This review originally appeared in the June, 2007 tasting report: Alternative Africas: Rwanda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe