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Barrington Coffee Roasting Company // Nicaragua Finca La Bastilla (El Peñon)

Barrington Coffee Roasting Company // Nicaragua Finca La Bastilla (El Peñon)

Finca La Bastilla is located in northwest Nicaragua bordering on Honduras. The farm is owned and managed by Markus Fischer. After several years of getting to sample Marcus’ beautiful coffees, Barrington Coffee brought them onto their menu; and they liked two of his coffees so […]

Share Coffee Roasters // Pickup Espresso

Share Coffee Roasters // Pickup Espresso

Share Coffee’s Pickup Espresso is comprised of: 70% Peru Union Azata This lovely coffee from the Union Azata cooperative is Share’s last Peru offering of the season. Hailing from the Sandia Valley, this coffee is a great closing chapter on a series of outstanding lots from […]

Share Coffee Roasters // Rwanda Kanzu

Share Coffee Roasters // Rwanda Kanzu

Over the last decades, quality coffee production in Rwanda has advanced substantially. Since being decimated by civil war and strife, coffee has become a major export in Rwanda, where more than three-quarters of its citizens subsist through agriculture. Investment in infrastructure to process coffee and close work with growers has increased production of specialty coffee, work aided by non-profit and government funded programs, some of which was advised by professionals in specialty coffee. Kanzu the Cooperative  has had the support of Technoserve, an organization that was also involved in Mutovu and Yukro. It certainly helps that Rwanda’s terrain is very mountainous, with the high elevations, healthy ecosystems and nutrient rich soil beneficial to quality production.

The Kanzu name refers both to the cooperative and the washing station. Kanzu rests in a valley betwixt mountain peaks near the shores of Lake Kivu. Founded in 2006 with the aid of Technoserve, Kanzu brings together the coffee from hundreds of farmers who harvest fruit from trees cultivated on the mountains above and deliver ripe cherry for processing. Old-growth bourbon trees and terroir of the Nyamasheke region provide the backbone for this coffee with powerful character and acidity, while a 24 hour fermentation process adds complexity. After harvest and drying in March-July, this coffee then faces an epically long journey from land-locked Rwanda here to the USA.*

Welcome to my Table, here in the corner of this cafe. Today we’re sipping the Rwanda Kanzu, from Share Coffee Roasters in Hadley, Massachusetts. Feel free to pull up a chair.

THEDETAILS

origin: Nyamsheke, Rwanda
farm: Rwanda Kanzu Factory
producer: smallholder farmers
association: Rwanda Kanzu Cooperative
elevation: 1700 – 2150 meters above sea level
cultivars: Bourbon
process: fully washed, raised bed dried

CUPPINGNOTES

The aroma of the Rwanda Kanzu is sweet; mild and subdued, but sweet. Filled scents of brown sugar, caramel, and tropical fruits, this is a really pleasant start to this cupping.

This is a fairly acid-forward coffee; one which features a medium body and a velvety mouthfeel. Even taking my first few sips from the cup, there’s already a tart grapefruit acidity streaming down the center of my tongue. It’s not a sharp or pointed acidity, though—it actually has a soft, roundedness to it; not unlike acidities found in Nordic roasts, actually. In addition to tart grapefruit, I’m also tasting tangy tangerine, pluot, nectarine, and effervescent white grape. Beneath these bright and lively fruit flavors is the subtle sweetness of brown sugar, caramel, nougat, and pie crust.

FINALTHOUGHTS

With their Rwanda Kanzu, Share Coffee Coffee Roasters have supplied us with another stunning coffee.

This coffee was really something else—one that fired on all cylinders. It was sweet and bright, delectable and effervescent. It was a coffee that I eagerly came back to again and again. Delicious, smooth, beautifully rounded with soft, curved edges, a crystalline clarity, and a sparkling effervescence; a coffee that was so clean, and featured a ton of depth.

*content courtesy of Madcap Coffee

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Share Coffee Roasters // Colombia Orlando Valenzuela

Share Coffee Roasters // Colombia Orlando Valenzuela

Coming from the region of Huila, Orlando Valenzuela’s coffee is grown with care and pride to express the potential of the excellent conditions of this coffee producing region. Huila, located near Narino and Cauca, produces some of the finest Colombian coffees, and Orlando’s takes a […]

Clown Shoes // The Barista Breakfast Brown Ale

Clown Shoes // The Barista Breakfast Brown Ale

A little while ago,  Clown Shoes wrote a blog post that the brewery’s Brown Angel—a brown ale—was going to retire. That actually wasn’t quite accurate. Think of the brewery’s labels like an on-going comic book. The characters reprise roles in other series (beers), or take on […]