Espresso Review - Burundi Kiryama by Olympia Coffee
  • Olympia Coffee Roasting

    Olympia, Washington
  • Burundi Kiryama Micro Lot

Roast: Medium-Dark Review Date: May 2011
Origin: Burundi Price: $13.68/12 ounces

Blind Assessment: Evaluated as espresso. Both Ken (93) and co-taster Sean Kohmescher (93) admired sweet-toned floral and bright lemony suggestions broadened by leather-like, musky bottom notes. Medium to full body, syrupy mouthfeel. Cocoaish chocolate and hints of lemon and flowers carry pleasingly into two parts milk.

Notes: Certified organically grown by members of the Kiryama Union. Burundi is a small, landlocked country in Central Africa. Most coffee is grown in the mountains of the north, bordering Rwanda. Benefiting from ideal growing conditions and large plantings of the heirloom Bourbon variety of Arabica, Burundi coffee has an excellent reputation, though it is better known in Europe than in the United States. Olympia Coffee Roasting is a small-batch wholesale and retail roasting company with a youthful, no-nonsense style and a commitment to high quality organic coffees. Visit or call 360-753-0066 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: African profile with enough savory depth to anchor the lemon and floral sweetness. Fine single-origin straight-shot espresso.


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