Wegmans Bukonzo Coffee an Organic Coffee from the Rwenzori Region, Uganda
Yep, a specialty coffee from a grocery store.
Read my bio; I’m not a coffee snob, any whole bean coffee can get reviewed on this site. You’ll never know unless you try them all.
If you’re not from the Northeast U.S., you might not have heard of Wegmans Food Markets. The store is very similar to Whole Foods, and the chain has been awarded one of the best companies to work for by Fortune 100 Best.
Wegmans is my favorite grocery store by far, even if I bitch about how much extra food I buy every time I go into the store. All the fresh food looks so good it’s hard not to pick up more than what you came in to buy.
Enough of that, on to the Wegmans Bukonzo Coffee review.
Wegmans named the coffee after the coop from which they purchase the beans. The cooperative union is women-owned. The following quote came from the Wegman’s website.
We are proud to bring you this unique coffee – a first export to the US from Bukonzo Organics, a woman-owned cooperative of 12 microwashing stations. They employ a process of meticulous preparation, dying, and handpicking of the crop.
Did you see it?
I’m pretty sure they meant so say drying and not “dying.”
Who Roasts the Beans & When?
Wegmans mentions that they buy the beans in small lots, but there’s no mention of who does the roasting for Wegmans.
The beans are packaged in a sealed, foil-lined bag with a one-way CO2 release valve. But bag doesn’t list a “roasted on” date, only a “use by” date.
I purchased the beans off the shelf of the Fairmount Wegmans on March 20th, and the “Use By” date is October 21st.
So at a minimum, Wegmans believes the beans will remain fresh for 7-months.
Speciality roasters claim this is the main reason consumers shouldn’t purchase coffee from grocery stores. Because you don’t know how old it is, or if you can trust even the best-designed coffee bags to keep coffee beans fresh for 7-months.
Let the Coffee Do the Talking
All of that’s lip service if the coffee tastes good. So let me tell you my experience with this Wegmans Bukonzo coffee.
Upon opening the bag – which of course ripped along the folds – the aroma was sweet, and I could smell some light notes of vanilla. Though truth be told, I’m not sure if I could’ve come up with that description if I didn’t read it on the bag. Not that aroma wasn’t there, only that it was faint.
The beans looked roasted slightly darker than medium roast. The beans looked well sorted and roasted evenly.
The aroma of the brewed coffee was less than that of the ground beans with no particular flavor notes at first even though it tasted sweet.
I didn’t pick up any vanilla or fig-like notes. But the aftertaste had a sweet cocoa flavor which turned a little bit bitter after a while.
Next, I brewed the Organic Bukonzo Ugandan coffee in a Cleaver Dripper with the grinder one setting coarser,
The coffee tasted non-descript, to be honest. Not that it tasted bad, I would classify Wegmans Bukonzo coffee like a good breakfast blend coffee. The coffee tasted sweet at first, and the aftertaste was pleasant, even with a late slight bitterness the coffee is decent.
One of my pet peeves is coffee sold in less than 12-oz bags (really think they should be 1-pound bags). It’s obvious Wegmans had the coffee bagged in 10-oz bags to get their price under $10. The coffee at the time of purchase cost $9.99 for the 10-oz bag or around $16-pound.
Bean & Roasting Info
Roast Level: Medium to medium-dark
Producers: Bukonzo Organic Farmers Cooperative Union
Country of Origin: Uganda
Region: Rwenzori Region
Variety: Organic Arabica
Processing method: Washed
Growing altitude: 3,900 – 4,900 ft amsl
Roaster tasting notes: Notes of fig, citrus, vanilla with light acidity.
Wegmans Organic Bukonzo Coffee Review Summary
I was excited to try a coffee from Uganda. I’m not sure I have even seen Ugandan coffee in Syracuse before.
The coffee, though, decent, is not one that I would say is a must brew cup.
It might be a coffee I purchase to have around to use in the auto-drip if push come to shove and I couldn’t get to a local roaster to purchase one of their blends.
I’m not giving up on Ugandan coffee, as I’m not sure how long Wegmans had it on the shelf, or when and where the coffee was roasted.
If you’re used to drinking store stock coffee, then this Bukonzo coffee might be relatively good, but once you’ve had other freshly roasted coffee, you too will leave Wegman’s organic on the shelf.
Don’t take my word for it, your tastes might be different than mine, or maybe the bag you buy will be fresher than mine. You can visit Wegmans website and their Organ Bukonzo coffee by clicking below.
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