The Coffeevine May 18 Box – Mok Coffee

Part 1 for The Coffeevine May 18 box, in this post I’ll only write about the coffee from Mok CoffeeIn the previous post, you’ve been able to read about the coffee and also what I expect from the coffee. In this part, I’ll share my recipe for an awesome pour-over and Espro travel press as usual.

As I was cupping Mok Coffee – Rwanda Gatare, I felt that the description of the bag (Blackcurrant, orange & cream with milk chocolate) didn’t match my opinion. I think that the coffee had a lot more berry tones than noted. It was more of a jammy taste, imagine yourself a mix of different berries, that was the most obvious taste at the cupping.

I would also like to know how good this coffee would be with “fika”. I tried it with dark chocolate with sea salt. I understand that this can be a weird thing to try out, as almost all coffees are well matched with chocolate. But there are those who really don’t, and that may mean they are only preferred enjoyed on their own. For example: Do you like green tea with chocolate? I certainly do not. In this case, it was okay, neither disgusted or amazed.


When I do a cupping I do the following:

1) Grind 11 g coffee in a medium-coarse grind, I’ll remember the coffee’s fragrances now when it is dry to compare with the let grounds later.
2) Pour 180 g of water at a temperature of 93 degrees Celsius.
3) Let it sit for 4 minutes.
4) Stir 3 times and try to find as many scents.
5) Remove all foam that’s formed on the top, as shown in the picture below.
6) Wait for 6 minutes so the coffee cools down and to let the coffee grounds fall down to the bottom, then I’ll take my first slurp with a deep spoon. The idea is that you will spray the coffee inside your mouth. That way you will be able to easily recognize the tones contained in the coffee.
7) Wait for 6 minutes and do the same procedure, the reason behind step 7 is that it’s the most optimal time for tasting coffee. If the coffee is still good after 12-15 minutes, then it is a high-quality coffee!

Cupping notes:
Tones of sweet jam that consists of a mix of berries.

Information and recipe for the coffee:

Origin: Rwanda
Variety:  Red Bourbon
Farm: Gatare Station
Region: Gatare
Process: Natural
Altitude: –

Pour Over:

17g coffee (grind setting at 18B Baratza Sette 270, medium)
225g of filtered water
40g bloom 50 seconds
92 degrees Celsius

1) 40g bloom for 50 seconds, stir with a bamboo stirrer to get all coffee moistened.
2) 225g water in a circular flow (this includes 40g blooming). You start the flow from inside and end circularly on the edge. Slowly pour, so the total brew time lands in 1 minute and 55 seconds.


Espro Travel Press:

19g coffee (grind setting on 26B Baratza Sette 270)
284g of filtered water
94 degrees Celsius

1) After pouring both the coffee and the water, stir the coffee 10 times. I suggest you use a bamboo stirrer. Avoid sharp objects.
2) Screw the press and let steep for 4 minutes
3) Press slowly, if the press gets stuck, just lift the press and try again. It is normal.
4) Serve or seal the lid.


Review: In Monday’s post I wrote that my expectation was the following:

“Expectation: It sounds very good! Coffee from Rwanda is very good and it’s Natural processed at last! Which makes me happy! The description is interesting. It shall also be intriguing to try Moks Coffee because of their long existence in the coffee scene..”

A very berry coffee that belongs to the sweeter variety of coffee from Rwanda. I had actually expected a more acidic coffee with notes of orange/blackcurrant that appeared in the description. But to my surprise, it was a sweeter taste of coffee, which is also good!
The coffee is okay, I would not give it a more positive assessment than that. What I thought was a little negative was the roasting of the beans – it was completely uneven. Roasting natural processed coffee is an art and that’s why many prefer to roast washed (because it’s much easier). To roast natural requires experience and some sense of unexplained feeling, in my opinion, there’s a person who makes it absolutely amazing and it’s Budha Sutedja from Budhas Kafferosteri, seriously look him up, he makes it perfect.


If you have an Espro and a Pour-Over … What should you choose to brew with? As I wrote above, you get a more balanced cup with the Espro, you also get a great result every time as it’s impossible to make mistakes. Do you want your cup to show a bit of aromatics, brew with a Hario V60 etc. It becomes more spicy, aromatic and nicer on its own. I have to say that Mok Coffee left me very disappointed, I excepted a lot more, better roasting technique and experience.


The chocolate I ate was dark chocolate with sea salt.

Rating: 5.5/10

The rating is only based on taste and quality and is not based on price.


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