Rwanda Tumba Cocatu

Cocatu is a hefty, yet balanced cup with thick body and good bittersweet intensity. The brightness has a red berry character, while underneath lies a more latent dark fruited character that comes out as the coffee cools: spiced blackberry and stewed plums. There is a pleasant tannic tea note in the finish of the cup, and spiced accents that lend dimension to the bittersweets of the roast taste. City+ to Full City+.
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  • Process Method Wet Process
  • Cultivar Bourbon Types
  • Farm Gate Yes
Region Africa
Processing Wet Process (Washed)
Drying Method Raised Bed Sun-dried
Arrival date Dec 20 2012
Lot size 115bags/boxes
Bag size 60.00kg
Packaging GrainPro liner
Farm Gate Yes
Cultivar Detail Bourbon
Grade A1
Appearance .2 d/300gr, 17-18+ Screen
Roast Recommendations City+ has the most aromatic cup, but we found it works well in a wide range from City to FC+, and the darker roast produce intensely pleasant chocolate roast taste.
Weight 1
Cocatu is a cooperative in the area of Tumba town, in the very mountainous Rulindo district, Northern Rwanda. Located at 1820 meters, the coop actually draws coffee from the surrounding hills up to 2100 meters. Cocatu 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 65% 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 has apple and plum sweetness, with brown sugar and milk-chocolate caramel as well. The wet aroma has confectionairy notes of chocolate custard, sweet cream and cooked peach. On the break there's the scent of spiced tea; cinnamon and a touch of clove. Overall Cocatu is a hefty, yet balanced cup when we compare it to other Rwandas, with thick body and good bittersweet intensity. The brightness has a red berry character, while underneath lies a more latent dark fruited character that comes out as the coffee cools: spiced blackberry and stewed plums. There is a pleasant tannic tea note in the finish of the cup, and spiced accents that lend dimension to the bittersweets of the roast taste. Lighter roasts are especially juicy, with the blend of red and dark berry making a distinct impression, and the acidity is more grape-like (tartaric) in the lighter levels. As it was last year, the new crop of Cocatu is a real stunner.