Origin: Farm - COOPAC Cooperative, Kabirizi Washing Station, Region - Rutsiro and Rubavu Districts, Western Province
Variety: Bourbon, Mayaguez
Sourced by: Cafe Imports
As a coffee roaster, there is truly no way to describe the sadness you feel when one of your favorite coffees is “drank” to rest. You remember your first roasts when trying to decipher the coffee’s best rendition. You feel the pain of your head banging against your laptop as you stare at a completely bizarre roast curve. And finally, you smile when you find the magic sequence of gas adjustments at just the right times to maximize the coffee’s potential. As a roaster, you know that a particular coffee of a particular harvest is its own best version and will never return…
Luckily for me, this sadness has disappeared with my new role of being a green coffee purchaser. No longer am I bummed as past coffees now prepare me for Botz coffees of the future.
This time last year, I was trying to figure out exactly with what coffee the era of the pink bot would begin. If you were there in the beginning, you’ll remember that it was a washed Ethiopian coffee from Guji, a coffee reminiscent of the first coffee I tasted that pushed me to try and understand what specialty coffee was all about. Its cup quality was stellar, and most importantly, familiar.
Fast forward a year and that coffee (Uraga #2) has inspired Botz’s first coffee of 2021. Enter Kabirizi Nganzo from Rwanda.
I’ve come to find coffee drinkers of all levels tend to have one thing in common that they can’t deny – they want to start the day (and year) off with a bang. Whether that means familiar and sweet or conversely exotic, floral, and with a zippy acidity, that first coffee needs to get the party started!
Having tasted this coffee weeks before its upcoming release, I can say it’s earned the role as the lead-off brew for everyone’s morning cup. It has a prominent maple sweetness that will remind the average Joe of a plate of pancakes, while its acidity and flavor profile are delicately nuanced and will push the brew aficionado (and possibly foodie) to think of orange poppy seed crepes with an earl-grey infused cranberry reduction. Doesn’t matter what kind of coffee person you are, Kabirizi Nganzo will have you (and your year) off to a rocking start.
***Please note that coffee orders are roasted, processed, and shipped on Saturdays. The cutoff for orders is 12:00 pm each Friday.***