Intense, floral-toned aroma with pungent suggestions of prune and cedary chocolate. In the cup very smoothly balanced, with soft acidity, silky mouthfeel and a richly dry, distinct cocoa that sustains its presence in the long finish.
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. Willoughby's Coffee & Tea is a pioneer specialty coffee roaster recently reinvigorated and refocused on artisan roasting and a very extensive collection of elite single-origin coffees. Visit www.willoughbyscoffee.com or call 800-388-8400 for more information.
Who Should Drink It
Austerely chocolate-loving social idealists.
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This review originally appeared in the September, 2007 tasting report: Fair-Trade Coffees: The Controversy and the Cup