Rwanda long known for its deep berry and floral jasmine. Yet, this remarkable attractive cup holds Yirgacheffe floral notes and flashes of Kenya-like brightness. The fragrance has soft floral and sweet citrus notes. The wet aromatics is where this distinguished fair trade washed bean comes to life - a bouquet of flowers featuring hints of stonefruit raspberry, sugar plum with ruby red grapefruit acidity. The cup fulfills the promise of the aromatics, citrus flowers, sweetness, vivid aftertaste, and a rather silky body. The sweetness has a sweet brown malt flavor, caramelly, and lingers through the long aftertaste. A balanced, silky and sweet cup.
Abakundakawa is a 1700 member cooperative that mills its coffee at the Rushashi washing station. The average altitude in Ruchashi District in Kigali Nagli Province is 1650 to 2100 meters with an average rain fall of 1000-1200 mm per year. The varietal is traditional Bourbon seedstock. This particular bean is processed through the traditional wet method and sun-dried on raised beds or patios. As noted before this bean is Fair Trade certified, part of the USAID project in Rwanda to improve the quality of life but it is also a special micro-lot separated from the bulk production of the Abakundakawa cooperative.