This silky coffee introduces itself with aromas of orange, raw sugar, and blackberry preserves. When brewed, we found notes of orange zest and oak, with plum-like sweetness and cranberry acidity. The finish features a mellow cashew note.
94 Points from Coffee Review, January 2021: "A rich, resonant Rwanda cup with both depth and breadth: berry-toned and chocolaty."
4.5 Stars from Roast Ratings, January 2021
Producer: Kinini Coffee Cooperative
Farm: 268 Smallholders
Region: Northern Province, Rulindo District, Rwanda
Altitude: 5,906-7,218 feet | 1,800-2,200 masl
Process: Washed, fermented for 24-36 hours, shade-dried
Notes: Orange, Oak, Plum
Imported by Crop to Cup.
Kinini Coffee is a collaboration of cooperatives seeking to pool their efforts and improve their lots. Crop to Cup met this group via the International Women's Coffee Alliance (IWCA)—as 85% of the co-op's members are women—and purchased the very first lot exported to the US in 2018.
After spending 10 years developing schools and community infrastructure for children of the Rwandan genocide, Jacquie Turner and Malcolm Clear founded Kinini Coffee in 2014 in an effort to provide sustainable income for these communities. Its structure is unprecedented in the region: Kinini Coffee signed a "lease" on parcels of land owned by various farmers throughout the area. This lease stipulated that Kinini would provide all these farmers with coffee trees, training, and organization, as well as put 10% of profits toward supporting education and health in the co-op members' communities. All the farmers had to do was agree to deliver the cherries to the Kinini Washing Station when they fruited in the future, for which they would be paid. The parcels of land chosen were, for the most part, on unused land that wasn't being farmed yet.
The care taken at the farm (by farmers incentivized to do so), at the washing station, during cherry collection, and on the drying tables has resulted in some of the highest-scoring coffees in the region, as is apparent in this cup.