Rwanda Rulindo - Cocatu Cooperative

Maple sugar and butterscotch billow in the steam after adding hot water, with date, plum and dried fig in the wet aromatics. Once the coffee reaches drinking temperature, there is a dark blackberry tartness, raw honey, and a spiced plum note. The finish is long and pleasant, with cinnamon tea and dark chocolate hanging on in the aftertaste. And it produces a nice espresso too! City to Full City+ Range for this coffee.
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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 23bags/boxes
Bag size 46.00kg
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 LB
Recommended for Espresso Yes
Cocatu is a cooperative in the area of Tumba town, in the mountainous Rulindo district, Northern Rwanda. Located at 1820 meters, the coop actually draws coffee from the surrounding hills of 2000+ meters. Cocatu is one of the surviving cooperatives from a time when many were formed but few truly prospered. The problem was not the quality of coffee or effort of the farmer-members. It was the absence of sound business advice to control expenses and raise the working capital to buy coffee cherry in the harvest. Cocatu has had one great advantage over the last 5 years though: They have had a consistent buyer paying a great price for the coffee. We can't offer much to help run the cooperative, we can't save them from the poor decisions of past leaders, but we can be there supporting them with a price that rewards the great coffee they produce. To me, that's sustainable agriculture in a broader sense of the term, and having just visited Cocatu last week as I write this, I see many improvements indicating they are not only solvent but thriving. New drying beds, a new disc pulper and many happy workers all indicate their success, even though the harvest was relatively small.
This is our final, late-harvest Cocatu arrival, and has beautiful fruited sweetness in the cup. The dry fragrance has the smell of dark cherry with fine chocolate bittersweets. In the darker roast ranges a pungent cooked sugar smell develops. Maple sugar and butterscotch billow in the steam after adding hot water, with date, plum and dried fig in the wet aromatics. Once the coffee reaches drinking temperature, there is a dark blackberry tartness, raw honey, and a spiced plum note. There's a chocolate malt aspect too, as well as a touch of spice in the finish. Cocatu has a nice, thick body, and paired with a slightly darker roast level becomes quite fudge-like. The finish is long and pleasant, with cinnamon tea and dark chocolate hanging on in the aftertaste. We brewed a City+ roast after two days rest and the profile was so sweet and balanced, with just enough malic brightness to tie the base caramel sugar flavors and complex top notes together. And it produces a nice espresso too!