Aroma of raw brown sugar, caramel and cocoa, as well as a mix of mulling spice lead to a cup with a complete, well balanced, and a pleasant level of complexity. Apple-like brightness, sweet spice, and caramel-vanilla sweetness. Bergamot citrus and Earl Grey Tea round out the cup. City to Full City. Good for espresso.
Mutovu Cooperative was formed 2012 in one of the prime coffee regions of Rwanda, the Nyamasheke area in the west of the country. It is in an ideal location for coffee, with rich soils and access to many small, high altitude farms in the area. The Mutovu washing station is at 1800 meters, with coffee being grown in the area up to 2000 meters. Member-wise, Mutovu Coffee is a small cooperative of 9 farmers, each with between 1,500 - 5,000 coffee trees. But they have set up buying stations to collect coffee cherry from hundreds: Each farmer supplies their own cherries to the station, as well as collects cherries from their neighbors. The great location of Mutovu and ownership structure has made it a great success.In their first season of production they yielded a sizeable 20 tons of parchment, and they have grown each year since. We have been buying Mutovu every year since its inception, as well as visiting the coop on every trip we make to Rwanda. I just returned a week ago as I pen this review, and found improvements in upgraded milling equipment, new drying beds and a brand new warehouse to better store their parchment coffee.
The fragrance from the ground coffee has strong caramel butterscotch sweetness at lighter roast levels. There is a more cola-like roast taste at Full City, along with a scent of dried cherry. The wet aroma has panela raw brown sugar, with caramel and cocoa, as well as a mix of mulling spice. The cup is very pleasant and rounded on the palate. The sweetness is intensely aromatic and alludes to butterscotch candy. Mutovu is a complete coffee, well balanced, and a pleasant (not aggressive) level of complexity. It has apple-like fruited brightness, sweet spice, and caramel-vanilla sweetness from beginning to end. The cooling cup sees flavors of stone fruit, grape, and apple, fading into bittersweet cocoa and lingering tea-like tannins. Bergamot citrus and a strong sense of Earl Grey tea also emerge rounding out an already beautiful cup.