Light roasts have apple, tangerine, mulling spice and toasted hazelnut in a very well balanced cup. Dry hops and peach flavors remind us of brown ale. The finish is sweet, like brown sugar, clean and snappy. City+ to Full City.
Kinyaga is a cooperative coffee washing station located in the Nkanka area of Rusizi, Western Rwanda. The area is defined by it's proximity to Lake Kivu, the Rusizi river and the local capital of Cyangugu. Kinyaga cooperative is at 1500 meters, drawing from member farmers in the area up to 1900 meters. Kinyaga cooperative receives support from a Kigali-based group who not only provides advice on technical agronomy, but also offers business support to the coop. The later has been absent from many well-intentioned efforts to support cooperative coffee farmers, and can lead to unbearable debt when a coop leaders do not have good business and accounting training. It's not as interesting as discussing cultivars, altitudes and micro-climates, but most coops fail for lack of management, not lack of coffee quality. With this lot, the farmer received 64% of the price we paid, which, when you consider all the expenses to the cooperative to process the coffee, the dry-milling, transport, and export costs, is a higher stake than we have seen in many places. To me, that's sustainable agriculture in a broader sense of the term.
The dry fragrance demonstrate hints of warm, baking spices, fresh cream and berry. Lighter roasts have apple and tangerine. More mulling spice and toasted hazelnut in the wet aromatics set the tone for a very well balanced cup. Dry hops and peach flavors remind us of brown ale. The finish is sweet, like brown sugar, clean and snappy. This is a restrained cup, no big fruit bomb coffee here. Kinyaga is a straight-forward coffee, not incredibly complex, but a quaffable, crowd-pleasing cofffee.