July's coffee of the month is the Rwanda Fair Trade Dukundekawa Musasa. Rwandan coffee has been gaining popularity in the last few years and the Dukundekawa is one of the finest offerings available. We last featured it last in way back in March of 2012, and this year's crop is truly exceptional.
Aroma: Amazing! Like an almond liqueur with sweet citrus. This is one of the most unique aromas I've experienced.
Choir Monk: OK let's see how this coffee tastes! Our African offerings have been some of our best received coffees so I've got high hopes for the Rwanda . We'll evaluate it in the usual categories: Aroma Acidity Aftertaste Body/Mouthfeel Complexity and Darkness.
Choir Monk: Here's what I thought:
Lay Monk: I thought this coffee was very fine! Here are the notes that I have:
Choir Monk:I thoroughly enjoyed this coffee! The aroma was absolutely fantastic and I thought that the complexity and aftertaste were sublime. For me this is a great example of a classic African coffee.
Aroma: Orange zest jasmine flowers and cherries.
Acidity: Pronounced and well-integrated - I thought the acidity was very good.
Aftertaste: Delicate sweet with a hint of malt.
Body/Mouthfeel: I found it full bodied too.
Complexity:Nicely complex! Hints of honey pineapple with the overarching citrus and floral elements.
Darkness: I'm calling it about a medium darkness.
Lay Monk: I agree! The aftertaste in particular was incredibly complex and delicate. I noticed that this coffee got much sweeter as it cooled a little so I would recommend savoring each cup rather than drinking it quickly.
Choir Monk: OK now for our final verdict:
Complex sweet and aromatic the Rwanda Dukundekawa Musasa is a multifaceted coffee that will have you noticing nuance with each cup. The bright acidity leads into a sweet and floral cup with orange zest and pineapple notes that persist all though the delicate aftertaste.