From City to Full City, Kazoza N'Ikawa is a complex, sweet, and clean cup, flavors spanning a range of delicate and tea-like, to sweet and fruited, to brooding dark chocolate when roasted dark. Balanced core sweetness, and marked by an array of spice to tea-like top notes, and lemon-y acidity. City to Full City.
|Processing||Wet Process (Washed)|
|Drying Method||Raised Bed Sun-dried|
|Arrival date||March 2018 Arrival|
|Bag size||60 KG|
|Appearance||.2 d/300gr, 16-18 Screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City to Full City|
This coffee comes from Kazoza N'Ikawa, roughly translating to "the future is coffee". The cooperative assists members with marketing their coffees, handling cash flow, agronomical support, general business organization, and record keeping. This association has 57 stations in total operating in the Kayanza district of Rwanda. Hand sorting is intensive, and farm workers start sifting out under and over ripe cherry on delivery. Sorting of the parchment coffee continues at the drying tables, and then the green coffee is sifted through once again after dry-milling. This is the second year purchasing coffee from this group, an impressive return from last year's coffee. They produce both washed and naturally processed coffees, this being a wet-processed lot that we bulked together from several day lot selections cup tested both in Burundi and back at our lab in Oakland. Bourbon is the dominant cultivar in the region (as is the case in most of Burundi), a variety known for syrupy sweetness when grown in high altitudes.
What a lovely smelling coffee, Kazoza N'Ikawa is perfumed in City and City+ roasts, a sugar browning sweetness along with a mix of rosewater and spiced orange accents. The wetted grounds are so caramely sweet, like caramel cookies with raisins, and topped with a hint of cinnamon tea. City roasts brew nicely, delicious spice notes up front, along with a compound of raw sugar flavors offering more than enough backing sweetness. A compromise is often made when light roasting, trading out developed sweetness for acidity and complexity. But this isn't the case with Kazoza N'Ikawa, and the cooling cup has a sweetness like sugarcane juice, that along with a dried apple note, resonate into the aftertaste. Acidity really pops at this roast level too, fruited for sure, a tartness that's like a rindy lemon flavor and mouthfeel. Brewing my Full City roast, I was surprised by a dark grape flavor that crops up after the temperature cools down a bit. Heavy dark chocolate roast tones crop up too, and the two pair well together, leaving a lasting impression in the long finish. Kazoza N'Ikawa is so sweet and complex from as light as City and on up to Full City roast levels, and those patient enough to let cool will be duly rewarded.