Espresso Review - Burundi Kinyovu by Kaldi's Coffee
  • Kaldi's Coffee

    St. Louis, Missouri
  • Burundi Kinyovu

Roast: Medium Review Date: May 2011
Origin: Kayanza Province, Burundi. Price: $10.99/12 ounces

Blind Assessment: Evaluated as espresso. Deep, dark-chocolaty aroma turns crisper in the small cup, which co-taster Sean Kohmescher (90) read as dry, “limeish” and floral, Ken (90) as more orangy and anise-like. Rich, dry, very long finish with a clear citrus edge. Two parts milk revives a delicate and cocoaish version of the chocolate, rounding the citrus and flowers.

Notes: 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. Founded in 1994, Kaldi's Coffee is a quality-oriented small-batch roaster with several cafes throughout Missouri. Visit or call 888-892-6333 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Poised between chocolaty and dry and citrusy, probably at its best in short milk, which rounds, softens and integrates its somewhat uneasy complexity.


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