Coffee Villages is a sweet, bright cup, with a refined profile and clean finish. There is a matrix of developed sugars and fruit, along with baking spice complexity, and dark chocolate notes (especially in developed roasts). City to Full City+. Single Origin Espresso.
If you've been a customer with us for a while, you probably notice we carry coffees from a few of the same washing stations regularly. Coffee Villages is one of them, providing us with solid Bourbon coffee year after year. "Coffee Villages" is perhaps the oddest name I have ever encountered for a coffee mill ... odd in its blandness I suppose. Speaking with the owner I found that there was another mill with the name of the nearest town, so he felt he had to think up something else. Oh well. It is a private station located in the Eastern province, subdistrict of Karenge, with coffee farmers producing from 1600 to 1900 meters. The mill is owned by Tom Bagaza, who saw potential for quality coffee, buying the cherry direct from small farmers in this zone. The varietal is all Bourbon, and mostly the BM-139 type that does well in the Eastern soils. I found this coffee while cupping in Kigali and, despite the odd name, it was really nice. It's quite a bright coffee, and can stand up well to darker roasts, as well as the light ones where the brightness is most vivid. The Karenge station is traditional: a small 1 disc pulper as they use in Kenya, traditional fermentation, a long concrete washing channel to clean the coffee, and raised bed drying.
Coffee Villages is an approachable coffee - one that will satisfy those on the hunt for simple, yet refined cup characteristics. This year the cup seems to be a tad more complex than in the past, with spices and malic fruits coming forward in the cup. The dry fragrance has a dark toffee and chocolate smell, along with a clove spice note. Aromatics show a demurara sugar and all-spice scent, dried lemon peel, and a chamomile tea note on the break. There's a structured brightness in the cup, with apple/malic acidity, and a sweetness that goes long into the finish. City+ roasts have a flavor of dark honey, dried fruits, caramelizing sugars, and baking spices. Full City roasts are loaded with cocoa richness and a flavor of red raisin. The cup is dynamic, clean, and this is a coffee that works well across the roast spectrum as well as with multiple brew methods.