The Collector

(5 customer reviews)

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Have you ever wondered what award winning coffees from international coffee competitions tasted like?  Have you ever tasted microlots that cupped at 90+ points? Are you looking for rare or unique coffees? We seek out only the best of the best for our Collector coffee subscription.

Features:
  • Coffee subscription billed at your chosen frequency
  • Our most complex and nuanced beans
  • Smallest lot sizes
  • Most variety
  • Sourced Globally
  • Highest quality, award winning, 90+ points, or otherwise rare/unique coffee
  • Coffees purchased up to 500% over index
  • Lightest roasts ranging from City through City+

*We roast our beans to preserve and compliment the flavors of origin. There will always be a bit of variety in our roasts in our continuing attempt to express the best that each bean has to offer.

“How many bags will I need per month?” you might be asking yourself. By our calculations, one person who drinks one cup per day will go through about two bags per month.

Additional information

Weight 12 oz
Current Coffee

– RWANDA – HUYE DISTRICT –

ABOUT THIS COFFEE

The Huye district, not far from Rwanda’s southern shared border with Burundi, has a strong reputation when it comes to coffee. Huye’s main city, known as both Huye and Butare, is Rwanda’s third largest city and home to the University of Rwanda campus. It is a bustling, well-educated city surrounded by talented coffee producers. A winning combination for specialty development. Huye is much dryer than the nearby Nyamasheke district, whose position between the mighty Nyungwe National Forest and the miraculous Lake Kivu leaves it naturally endowed for fully washed processing. However, Huye receives strong, reliable rains and the coffee potential has always been high. A few talented producer groups here managed to put Huye on the map in the late aughts with some of the first traceable and collaborative relationship coffees the U.S. specialty industry had seen.

Horizon is a Huye-area washing station, recently purchased in 2018 from previous operators who had left it in poor shape. The new name, Horizon, was chosen to represent a vision of long-term quality and optimism. The management team had ample combined experience from running processing stations in the western province, and immediately set about restoring machinery and re-designing quality assurance protocols. The result, in just a few harvests, has been consistently bright, aromatic and honey-sweet coffee. This past season Horizon produced 2 containers of coffee. Coffee at Horizon is hand-picked by participating smallholder farmers and carefully inspected upon delivery to the washing station. After depulping in a vintage disk pulper, coffee is fermented underwater, washed clean with fresh water, and then dried on raised beds for 10-14 days.

Horizon works with Rwanda Trading Company (RTC), a miller and exporter that began in 2010 managing small shipments of coffee from Kigali and has since grown into one of the best end-to-end value chain operators in the country. RTC works with dozens of washing stations across the country, not only milling and marketing their finished coffee, but also pre-financing harvests, providing farm management curriculums to local teams, helping processors establish their cherry prices, and centralizing quality control, allowing them to break down or combine deliveries to maximize returns to washing stations and coops. The title of this coffee, “Inzovu Supreme”, is RTC’s label for full-container-load, top quality lots that they market each year. In this case, the coffee is from a single washing station; but other Inzovu Supreme lots can be multi-station blends depending on profile.

SPECS:

GEOGRAPHY
Region: Huye District, Southern Province, Rwanda
Altitude: 1700 MASL
Harvest: March – July

PRODUCER
Smallholder farmers organized around the Horizon Coffee Washing Station

VARIETY
Local bourbon varieties

PROCESSING
Fully washed and dried in raised beds

NOTES:
FLAVOR Cherry, caramel, cranberry, sweet
BODY Medium
ACIDITY Clean

ROAST LEVEL
Light – City

5 reviews for The Collector

  1. Maria Zaborina (verified owner)

    I first tried Modest coffee (the Collector) at the Farmers Market in Naperville and just loved the taste. So excited that I can continue to enjoy it in the fall and winter months as well! Great taste and flavor with mild citrusy undertones!

  2. Suzanne Kolars (verified owner)

    This coffee is so delicious, hot and cold! When I received the first bag, I noticed the roast date was only a few days before! I have never had coffee so fresh! I grind it and brew it in a french press. I make it extra strong and keep the brewed coffee in the refrigerator. I use this extra strong coffee to make lattes and iced coffees.I have never tasted coffee with a flavor so tasty and fresh. I want to drink it all day.

  3. Ronny Ewanek (verified owner)

    Just like Suzanne said, it’s pretty wonderful to get coffee that has been literally roasted just a few days at most.

  4. Max Bass (verified owner)

    Excellent quality. I always like a good light roast, and have been getting pickier over the years. I ordered online, came reliably, tastes great.

  5. Buddy Whittenburg (verified owner)

    I’ve been subscribed to “The Collector” for over 6 years now. It’s an incredible value. I originally subscribed because quality light roasts were rather difficult to find. I always enjoy the way Modest roasts their beans, and this subscription changes as they source new product. Being single origin and lightly roasted means there are always subtle flavors to suss out. Some roasts are perfectly smooth, others are presently different. It keeps coffee interesting with almost no effort on my part. A bag just shows up in my mailbox and I start brewing.

    In 6 years, with well over 100 bags of coffee delivered between various subscriptions, I’ve had a single shipment issue and was dealt with swiftly by excellent customer service. I recommend Modest to anyone that likes coffee and I recommend this subscription in particular if you’re fond of interesting single origin light roasts.

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