The cup has citrus flowers, sweetness, vivid aftertaste, and a rather silky body (although not that heavy). Bright and vibrant flavor profile, especially at City+ roast level. The sweetness has a sweet brown malt flavor, caramelly, long aftertaste. City+ to Full City.
Abakundakawa is a 1700 member cooperative that mills this coffee at the Rushashi washing station. The average altitude here is 1500 to 2000 meters for coffee production, the varietal is traditional Bourbon seedstock. The typical wet-process method is used, with sun-drying on raised beds or patio. This 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 Rushashi group. This is picked and sorted exclusively by a 70 member women's group, Duhingekawa, and we have paid a premium for this particular lot that is returned directly to the women producers. Separate woman's cooperatives are not unusual (duhingekawa simply means "woman's coffee") , but marketing their coffee separately is rare. Sadly, the women's coops are often made up mostly of widows from the genocide. A while back I made a separate Duhingekawa page with additional photos and information about this group, since it is a bit too much to put here. I can't say why this coffee is better than the regular Rushahi lots, but in blind cupping it clearly is!
The fragrance here has soft floral notes and (a theme throughout the cup) a sweet citrus note. The wet aromatics is where the coffee comes to life; a bouquet of orange blossom and lemon oil hints; bright, sweet and floral. The cup fulfills the promise of the aromatics; citrus flowers, sweetness, vivid aftertaste, and a rather silky body (although not that heavy). It's a bright and vibrant flavor profile, especially at City+ roast level. The sweetness has a sweet brown malt flavor, caramelly, and lingers through the long aftertaste. I would not go too light here: My lighter City roasts were a bit baked-tasting and under-developed. Roasted and brewed well, it is a remarkably attractive cup, with Yirga Cheffe floral notes and flashes of Kenya brightness.