Aromatic butterscotch sweetness, vanilla-caramels, accents of peach and Earl Grey tea and a smattering of baking spices. Dark cacao bar at Full City (and beyond). City to Full City+. Good for espresso.
|Region||Nyamasheke, Western Province|
|Processing||Wet Process (Washed)|
|Drying Method||Raised Bed Sun-Dried|
|Arrival date||December 2019 Arrival|
|Lot size||57 (lot 459 + lot 460)|
|Bag size||60 KG|
|Appearance||.2 d/300gr, 16-18 Screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City to City+ is ideal for a bright, complex coffee and Full City brews are much more rounded and bittersweet|
|Recommended for Espresso||Yes|
The Mutovu coffee station was established as a in 2012 in Nyamasheke area of Western Rwanda. It is in an ideal area for growing coffee with rich soils, and with so many small holder coffee farmers, it's also a central location for a coffee washing station. The wet mill isits at 1800 meters, with coffee being grown in the area up to 1950 meters. Mutovu Coffee is fairly small compared to many of the other coops and washing stations we buy from, estimated output this year at 2 containers of coffee (roughly 85,000 lbs of milled coffee - twice the amount from when they started). Each farmer supplies their own cherries to the station, as well as collects cherries from their neighbors. We have been buying Mutovu every year since they were established, as well as visiting the coop on every trip to Rwanda we make. Each year we're seeing improvements at the mill, last year's included upgraded milling equipment, new drying beds and a brand new warehouse to better store their parchment coffee. They received CAFE Practices certification too, part of which which means they are separating process batches by day of delivery. These 57 bags are made up of lots 459 and 460, two coffees combined based on their identical cup profiles and tight delivery timeline.
Check out our video tour of Mutovu where you'll get a glimpse of the work that goes into processing whole coffee cherry down to the dried seed.
Mutovu is a fragrant coffee, the dry grounds show strong caramel and butterscotch sweetness in light roasts, with hints of cinnamon and raisin. The wet aroma of City and City+ roasts are so sweet, a culmination of smells that remind me of fresh baked ginger-molasses cookies, along with a more delicate, black tea note. Mutovu is always such a delicious brew, rounded on the palette at a range of roast levels and delicate top notes that have deemed it a top shelf coffee around here. The sweetness is aromatic, even floral in the sense that it alludes to the retronasal aspects of butterscotch candy and fragrant raw sugars like panela. Mutovu is a complete coffee in that the complexity and sweetness levels find balance and the finish comes to a point. It has pleasant, fruited brightness too, like orange oil or lemon tea. As you move through the cooling cup you're rewarded with notes of baking spice, and caramel-vanilla sweetness, subtle fruited accents of peach and a finishing flavor that hints at Earl Grey tea. My favorite roasts were on the lighter side, City/City+, but Full City still packs hefty sweetness ala burned toffee and a bittersweet flavor of dark chocolate bar. An overall fantastic brewed coffee at a wide roast range that will bode well in many different brew applications too - including espresso!