Blue Bottle Coffee
Burundi Kayanza Ninga
|Kayanza Province, northern Burundi.
Gentle and sweetly bright; quietly vivacious. Honeysuckle, mulberry, apricot, fresh-cut redwood in aroma and cup. Sweetly tart acidity; syrupy, buoyant mouthfeel. A richly flavor-saturated short finish turns mildly drying in the long.
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. Blue Bottle Coffee started as the quintessential boutique coffee business: a micro-roasting operation in Oakland housed inside a space about as large as a suburban walk-in closet and a single retail location in San Francisco. In the years since its founding Blue Bottle has attracted a strong following in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond, and now operates four roasting locations in Oakland, California; Brooklyn, New York; Los Angeles, California; and in Tokyo, Japan. Visit www.bluebottlecoffee.com or call 510-653-3394 for more information.
Who Should Drink It
Those who enjoy a gently tart cup with a balanced range of floral, fruit and crisp aromatic wood notes.
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This review originally appeared in the June, 2015 tasting report: New Starbucks Reserve Coffees