TASTING NOTES

SAGE, FLORAL, LEMONGRASS

ROASTING

The process of applying heat to green coffee beans to transform it’s chemical & physical properties,  resulting in roasted coffee beans that can be brewed.

LIGHT ROAST

Our fruity profile, which is a lighter roast, brings out the sage, floral and lemongrass notes of this coffee.

REGION

Similar to Napa Valley or Burgundy for wine, the region where a coffee is grown can tell us a lot about the coffee.

LAKE KIVU

Lake Kivu, one of the African Great Lakes, sits on the East African Rift, which has several active volcanoes. The large lake and nearby volcanoes create a unique microclimate that is known for producing fruity coffees. Many coffees from this region feature cherry notes, although this particular lot showcases more floral and herbal notes.

PRODUCER

The farm & mill where the coffee cherry is grown & processed.

COOPAC

Outside of Ethiopia, COOPAC is one of the few well-established and certified organic co-ops in Africa. Today, the cooperative boasts more than 2,200 members, and is both Fair Trade and organic certified.

This particular selection comes directly from Emmanuel Rwakagara, the founder of COOPAC. Emmanuel’s farm is located on an island surrounded by Lake Kivu.

PROCESSING

The method by which the green coffee bean is removed from the fruit & then dried & stored can affect the taste of the coffee.

WET PROCESSED (WASHED)

This selection is fully washed, or wet processed. In wet processing, beans are only dried after all the fruit on the bean has been completely removed. (Letting the fruit ferment first makes removing it easy.) This processing method:

  • Is the most common method used for coffee
  • Generally creates clean flavors
  • Produces a consistent profile

VARIETAL

Most wine drinkers know whether they prefer a Cabernet Sauvignon or a Merlot. Similarly, the Arabica coffee plant has several botanical varieties, each with unique taste characteristics.

BOURBON

This selecton consists of Bourbon, which was one of the two original coffee varietals. (Typica was the other.)