There's a spiced apple note in the cup, warming/mulling spice notes, with a zest of mandarin citrus as well. With Full City roast, a silky chocolate flavor emerges, as well as a perceived increase in body. City to Full City+.
Vunga cooperative is a washing station (coffee mill) in Jomba, Nyabihu, Western Rwanda. The Vunga station is at 1463 meters, with coffee coming from the surrounding hills ranging from 1700 to 2100 meters. The area borders the Virunga national forest, which has a healthy mountain gorilla population, and is just a couple hours from the borders of Uganda and DRC (Congo). Vunga was a real standout on the cupping table, even though it was not the most extreme coffee. The acidity is softer and milder than other lots we selected. The cup has nice mouthfeel and a degree of balance between brightness, body, and cleanly fruited cup flavors.
Honey and toasted granola are the main scents from the Vunga dry fragrance, as well as praline almond. The wet aromatics are really interesting, sweet and pungent as well, with a dynamic orange zest, cinnamon and allspice. The cup is very bright at City roast level, and much more balanced as you approach Full City. There's a spiced apple note in the cup, warming/mulling spice notes, with a zest of mandarin citrus as well. With Full City roast, a silky chocolate flavor emerges, as well as a perceived increase in body. Full City also makes for a pretty amazing SO Espresso. I did have the dreaded potato defect, specific to Rwanda and Burundi coffees, crop up a couple times when evaluating this coffee. But it seems rare. You will know if you get that one bad bean when you brew it, especially if it ends up in an espresso shot.