Rwanda Nyamasheke Mutovu Cooperative

Aromatic intensity, and a well-balanced cup, apple-like fruited acidity, sweet spice, and caramel-vanilla flavor. Top notes include apple, and pear, Bergamot citrus, and Earl Grey tea. City to Full City. Good for espresso.

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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
Lot size 50
Bag size 60 KG
Packaging GrainPro liner
Farm Gate Yes
Cultivar Detail Bourbon
Grade A1
Appearance .2 d/300gr, 16-18 Screen
Roast/Brew Recommendations Light Roast, Medium Roast, Drip Brewing, French Press, Espresso
Roast Recommendations City to Full City
Type Farm Gate

Mutovu is a newer cooperative, established in 2012 in Nyamasheke area of Western Rwanda. It is in an ideal area with rich soils and access to many small farms in the area. Mutovu is at 1800 meters, with coffee being grown in the area up to 1950 meters. Mutovu Coffee is a made up of a small cooperative of 9 farmers, each with between 1,500 - 5,000 coffee trees. Each farmer supplies their own cherries to the station, as well as collects cherries from their neighbors. The location of Mutovu and ownership structure has made it a great success. 2012 was the first season of production, yet it was able to produce 20 tons of parchment that has consistently cupped very well. We have been buying Mutovu every year since, as well as visiting the coop on every trip to Rwanda we make. 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 sugar sweetness at lighter roast levels, along with a cherry cola, and a hint of 5 spice. The wet aroma has a panela raw brown sugar smell, with caramel, as well as a mix of mulling spice. The cup is very pleasant and rounded on the palate. The sweetness is has aromatic intensity, and alludes to candied flavors like butterscotch, and cream caramels. 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 white grape, apple, and pear fading into mild flavor of bittersweet cocoa, and lingering tea-like tannins. Bergamot citrus and a sense of Earl Grey tea also emerge in light roasts, rounding out an already beautiful cup. Full City roasting produces a delicious semi-sweet chocolate flavor, and along with cinnamon note, comes off like Mexican hot cocoa. These darker roasts are sure to double nicely as espresso.