Panther Coffee - Rwanda Dukunde Kawa Musasa

8.1

Acidity

8.0/10

Aftertaste

7.0/10

Aroma

9.0/10

Balance

9.0/10

Body

6.0/10

Complexity

8.0/10

Flavor

8.0/10

Forgiveness

10.0/10

Sweetness

6.0/10

Versatility

10.0/10

Pros

  • Forgiving, works well across brew methods
  • Nice aroma
  • Great balance between acidic and earthy notes

Cons

  • Light body
  • Minimal sweetness

Panther Coffee’s Rwanda Dukunde Kawa Musasa was the first coffee I received from my MistoBox coffee subscription. Not only that, but it may have been the first Rwandan coffee I’ve had in my life.

We see plenty of Ethiopian and Kenyan coffees across the specialty coffee scene, but this doesn’t mean that other African coffee is inferior.

Coffee from countries like Rwanda are just a little bit more elusive…

About Panther Coffee

From the Panther Coffee website:

Panther Coffee is a Miami-based specialty coffee roaster, retailer and wholesaler specializing in the small-batch roasting of coffee beans and the preparation of coffee beverages.

How Panther got its start in specialty coffee is really interesting to me.

According to Miami New Times, Panther got its start at food truck roundups selling cold brew coffee from a cart attached to a bicycle.

Now they have 3 locations serving far more than just cold brew coffee.

About The Producer

From the MistoBox description:

Dukunde Kawa is a cooperative which has been producing coffee in Gakenke, Rwanda since 2003. This coffee is grown by families on small plots of land then harvested and brought to the Musasa washing station to be processed. It’s flavor profile is truly unique, opening with pleasing notes of caramel, toffee and baking spices, with fresh vivid fruit and floral nuance to follow.

You can learn more about the Dukunde Kawa cooperative here.

Video Review

General Notes and Observations

Roast: Light
Producers: Various small holder producers
Region: Ruli Sector, Gakenke District, Rwanda
Variety: Bourbon
Processing method: Washed
Farm elevation: 2000masl
Aroma: smokey, chalky, cookie dough, tomato soup, peanut, earth
Roaster tasting notes: black cherry, apricot, concord grape, baking spice
Coffee Concierge tasting notes: cherry, tobacco

Brew Methods

I mostly brewed with pour over drippers and the AeroPress. Unfortunately, I don’t have any specific notes for the different brew methods this time.

Ratings

If you’re new here, you can check out how I rate whole bean coffee here.

Acidity

Very bright cherry acidity up-front. A little bit tart, but overall good.

Score: 4

Aftertaste

Nothing too distinct in the aftertaste. Mostly a continuation of the tobacco smokiness at the end of the flavor progression.

Score: 3.5

Aroma

If you watched the video, you can see how complex the aroma was for me from whole bean, to ground, to brewed coffee. Definitely one of the highlights of this coffee.

Score: 4.5

Balance

Nice balance between the high-acidity cherry and the smokey tobacco finish. Another highlight of the Dukunde Kawa Musasa.

Score: 4.5

Body

I wouldn’t describe it as silky. To be honest, I found the body to be pretty thin, even with a highly concentrated AeroPress recipe.

Score: 3

Complexity

Most of the complexity for me was in the aroma, but there was still decent variety in the taste as well. I know that if my palate was extremely refined the two would go hand-in-hand, so I can’t be too critical in this department.

Score: 4

Flavor

Overall, I liked it. I didn’t love it though. Mostly because the prominent flavors aren’t something I’d intentionally seek out.

Score: 4

Forgiveness

I was terrible with my brewing iterations and experimentation, but ultimately, it didn’t matter. This coffee was consistent across brew methods and recipes.

Score: 5

Sweetness

Not sweet, not sour, not bitter. Somewhere in between it all. But definitely not a coffee I would describe as naturally sweet.

Score: 3

Versatility

Granted, I didn’t use a ton of brew methods with this coffee, but as I’ve already mentioned…it did well no matter how it was brewed.
Score: 5

Summary

While the Dukunde Kawa Musasa is probably not a coffee I would buy again, I still enjoyed the time I spent with her.

The results were consistent, balanced, and potentially complex.

If you like light roasts with high acidity up-front and an earthy aftertaste, you might want to check this one out.

If you’re looking for a light roast with sweeter acidity and floral or chocolate notes, this probably isn’t the coffee for you.