Ngogomo has a complex sweetness ranging from simple syrup to browning sugar. Citrus notes showed up in lighter roast profiles, while darker roasts brought out more red fruit. Definitely let this one rest after roasting City to Full City+.
The Ngogomo Washing Station is located in Northeastern Burundi, situated in the province of Muyinga. Ngogomo is part of Sogestal Kirundo, which basically is an aggregate of cooperatives, assisting with everything from the processing of coffee to marketing and all that is in between. The Ngogomo mill rests at 1650 meters, which as with other small holders in the area, helps to produce some really wonderful, high altitude, high density bourbon. This coffee won 8th place at the Burundi Prestige Cup competition, and is one of a few winners we are currently offering. And like the other winners, we thought we were going to be able to offer much larger lots, but were wrong. In actuality Ngogomo is the largest lot from the auction and is only 11 bags.
Ngogomo is a well balanced coffee, characterized by fruit juice sweetness and gentle, but definite malic acidity. Freshly ground, Ngogomo smells of a mix of aromatic apple and mulling spices. Brown sugar, clove, and cinnamon continue to seep up through the crust culminating a sense of candied nuts, including pecans, macadamias, and pralines. Red fruits permeate on the break leaving traces of cherry and apple. Overall Ngogomo cups nicely showcasing honey and dark sugar sweetness. Fruit flavors include ruby red grapefruit, tamarind, and even some grape at darker roasts. There is Mexican hot chocolate throughout, and lots of cocoa in the finish. Ngogomo is a "tight" coffee, with pleasant dryness and acidity verging on black tea with lemon. At Full City we found that the sweet characteristics of Ngogomo become increasingly prevalent as the cup cools.