Barrington Coffee Roasting Co.
Location: Lee, Massachusetts
Origin: Kayanza, Burundi
Est. Price: $19.95/12 ounces
Review Date: April 2017
Delicate, sweetly savory. Spicy, freesia-like flowers, baker’s chocolate, pink grapefruit zest, sandalwood in aroma and small cup. Crisply sweet-tart acidity; plush, velvety mouthfeel. The finish consolidates to an intriguing combination of pink grapefruit zest and rich, aromatic sandalwood.
Produced by Jean-Clement Birabereye entirely from trees of the Bourbon variety of Arabica. Processed by the wet or “washed” method, in which skin and fruit flesh are removed from the beans or seeds before they are dried. Burundi is a small, landlocked country in the Great Lakes region of Central Africa. Most coffee is grown in the mountains of the north, bordering Rwanda. Benefiting from ideal growing conditions and large plantings of local strains 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. Barrington Coffee is an artisan roaster dedicated to elite coffees, fresh delivery and roasting that foregrounds the coffee and not the roast. Visit www.barringtoncoffee.com or call 800-528-0998 for more information.
The Bottom Line: An enticingly unusual coffee in general, but a classic in the Burundi sense: crisp, simultaneously sweet and savory-tart, as well as high-toned.