Drift Away Coffee
|Roaster Location:||Brooklyn, New York|
|Coffee Origin:||Kayanza Province, northern Burundi.|
|Est. Price:||$12.00/7 ounces (see notes)|
|Review Date:||March 2015|
Blind Assessment: Sweet nut and flowers. Brazil nut, plumeria, apple, tangelo, fresh-cut fir in aroma and cup. Round, rich, deeply expressed acidity; syrupy, buoyant mouthfeel. The nut and flower notes deepen and take on a pleasantly savory resonance in a crisp finish.
Notes: 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 the heirloom Bourbon variety of Arabica, Burundi coffee has an excellent reputation, though it is better known in Europe than in the United States. This particular Burundi was processed by the Buhorwa washing station. Drift Away is a subscription-based micro-roaster offering a wide variety of specialty coffees; to kick off a “solo” coffee subscription consumers pay $4.00 and receive four one-ounce samples of different coffees; thereafter they pay $12.00 (shipping included) for seven ounces of a different coffee that arrives every two weeks. Visit www.driftaway.coffee for more information.
Who Should Drink It: Those who value a cleanly elegant variation on the sweet-savory resonance of Central Africa Great Lakes coffees.
This review originally appeared in the March, 2015 tasting report: The Everyday Exceptional: Macro-Lots 2015