Counter Culture Coffee
Burundi Bwayi Lot No. 8
|Roaster Location:||Durham, North Carolina|
|Coffee Origin:||Kayanza Province, Burundi.|
|Review Date:||June 2009|
Blind Assessment: Both co-cupper Jim Reynolds (94) and Ken (91) particularly admired the "active acidity" (Jim) of this coffee with its rich berry and floral influences. Jim found the flavor "complex but balanced." Ken was more specific: "dark chocolate, cherryish fruit, a hint of dusk flowers." Both approved of mouthfeel ("lightly syrupy," Ken) and finish ("light, bright and very pleasant," Jim).
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. This Burundi was produced from trees of the admired French Mission Bourbon variety and its derivative cultivars Jackson and Mibirizi. Counter Culture is a small-batch wholesale specialty roaster with an informative and lively website, a commitment to fine coffee and youthful, enthusiastic leadership. Visit
Who Should Drink It: Rich, nuanced acidity without aggressive edge and complex balance should make this a versatile breakfast cup.
This review originally appeared in the June, 2009 tasting report: Alternative Africas: Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania