Coffee Review: Land of a Thousand Hills Rwandan Decaf

October 4, 2010 at 10:53 am | Posted in Coffee Reviews | Leave a comment
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We are always on the lookout for a good decaf coffee so we were looking forward to trying this one from Land of a Thousand Hills ( One of the things we appreciate about this roaster is how they trying to help the farmers in Rwanda. They focus on Community Trade, paying farmers a fair living wage for their coffee while working to build relationships and promote community. They grant micro-finance loans to widows and bikes to farmers through Sustainable Cycle. They care for orphans in Bukonya and build community with a sustenance farm and soccer filed. It really sounds like they are trying to help improve the lifestyles of the farmers through many good works.

As usual we started out with the auto-drip for an early evening cup of coffee. This water processed decaf has a nice roasted, spicy aroma which seems to be enhanced after grinding. It has a good naturally sweet flavor. There is also a little bit of tanginess to the coffee.

Next was the French Press and here the naturally sweet, roasted flavor comes through strong. Though this is a dark roast, it is not over roasted and the subtle flavors are not covered up. It feels like a medium body and has a spicy, cinnamon aftertaste. The aroma is more pronounced in this brewing style. It paired well with cinnamon graham crackers.

We also used the Clever Coffee Dripper to brew this coffee. For people who just want one cup of coffee this brewer is ideal. We find we use it more and more and like it a lot. The acidity is mild and seems to hit the front half of the tongue. This coffee is naturally sweet and has a clean feel. Both of us enjoyed the taste of this coffee.

Our friends who are decaf drinkers liked this coffee also. They also liked learning about Land of a Thousand Hills and what they are doing to help the coffee farmers of Rwanda. This seems like a good coffee roasting company/ministry. If you like decaf coffees we suggest you try this Rwandan Decaf. We and our friends enjoyed it. We received this coffee for free and offer objective feedback. Until next time, remember to stop and enjoy the coffee and conversations.

Much GRACE and peace to you,

Bill and Kim

Romans 15:13; Psalm 34:1-10

Coffee Review – Rwandan Bukonya Ikawa

July 22, 2010 at 5:24 am | Posted in Coffee Reviews | Leave a comment
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Those of us who like to try different coffees enjoy differences presented by the roasters, the types of roasts and the beans themselves. We like to try the coffee that comes from different regions, countries, or specific farms. As we grow in discerning flavors we begin to get more confident and specific in what we like and don’t like. Bottom line is that we like coffee and enjoy the adventure of tasting the flavor of the next cup.

But could there be more? I think there can and maybe it starts with helping the farmers in different countries who actually grow the coffee. This Rwandan Bukonya Ikawa is from Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee ( and is described “as a sweet, aromatic melon medium that rides on top of the full chocolate undertones for a complex and delightful brew. Some are roasted to a solid medium and others to a rich dark.”

Land of a Thousand Hills was started to partner with coffee growers, coffee drinkers, coffee shops and churches to embrace a commitment to Community Trade and give back to the farmers who produce the coffee beans. They hope to use the coffee as a way to build community and connect people in a purposeful and tangible way. They care about helping people who live in one of the world’s poorest countries be empowered by being paid a fair living wage for their work. There are other things they do to help the farmers grow and develop and I would encourage you to check out their story and site. I’ll share more when we review their decaf.

We brewed this coffee in the Clever Coffee Dripper first. It seems to have a spicy, citrus aroma. The acidity is mild and the body is light to medium. The flavor seems to stay on both the front half and sides of the tongue. The aftertaste is kind of spicy and chocolaty.

Next was the Chemex coffee maker and deep roasted flavor comes out here. Kim liked this coffee paired with chocolate. It makes you think while you are drinking it because it is complex. There is something there that I can’t quite put my finger on, but I like it.

Then we tried it in the French Press and the aroma is more pronounced. It really smells good when you grind the beans and pour the water into the press. The deep roasted flavor stands out the strongest of either brew here. My mind is working as I try to figure out what I taste. Kim thought it went well with cinnamon graham crackers and chocolate. I’m only a man, but I think she wants me to get her some chocolate!  

We also brewed this coffee in the auto-drip and liked it there also. I realized that we must have liked this coffee because it was gone in less than a week. I went to make some and all that was there was an empty bag. It was there and then it was gone, but it was a good coffee drinking experience. Two thumbs up.

We received this coffee for free and offer objective feedback. If you want to try a good Rwandan coffee and do good at the same time we suggest you try this Bukonya Ikawa. Until next time remember to stop and enjoy the coffee and conversation.

Much GRACE and peace to you,

Bill and Kim

Romans 15:13; Psalm 34:1-10

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