Incredible brewed, flavors of cherry cola, cardamom spice, muscovado sugar, and floral aromatics highlight this Burundi cup. Such a refined cup profile with pointed finish. City to Full City+. Incredible espresso.
This coffee is from Rwiri washing station and is part of a larger cooperative group, Yagikawa Farmers Cooperative Society. Rwiri is very new, which was apparent on a recent visit in that the machinery, tanks, and overall build of infrastructure appears to be brand new and of solid construction. Rwiri operates as most other cooperative collection stations in the region: as a central location where small farmers/coop members can deliver whole cherry for sale, processing, and eventual export outside of the country. The station itself is situated at 1750 meters above sea level, affording access to some of the highest farms in the area. Bourbon is the dominant cultivar in the region (as is the case in most of Burundi), a variety known for syrupy sweetness when grown in high altitudes. This is a fully washed coffee, wet-processed and dried on raised African beds at the Rwiri station. This is the first year we've purchased this coffee, and we're impressed by the complexity, sweetness, and cleanliness found in the cup.
Rwiri has a baking spice and fruit aroma, sensed first in the dry grounds, potent from the grinder. Our City roast has a cherry cola smell in the ground coffee, along with ginger powder and all-spice. Breaking the wet crust releases a beautiful floral and spice mixture in the steam, amidst a heady caramel-sugar sweetness. A Full City roast revealed a potential for cocoa bittersweetness not so apparent at City. The brewed cup has a refined profile, extremely convincing sweetness, and pointed, clean finish. The sweetness reminds me of the "raw" aspects of dark brown sugar or muscovado, replete with a near floral molasses aroma and flavor. There's a brisk tea element that is mouth-cleansing, and blackberry accents highlight the cup as it cools down a bit. In fact, there's a bit of a return to the cherry cola suggestions sensed in the fragrance, sweet fruit with the kola nut accent tasted in the carbonated beverage, as well as a smattering of cardamom spice in the finish. Full City roasts are supremely sweet, as well as fruited, and usher in cocoa butter and bittersweet chocolate flavors which pull at your tastebuds in the aftertaste. A near-perfect brewed coffee, subtle complexity, and darker roasts doubling as incredible espresso too.