Valverde Coffee Roasters
|Roaster Location:||Salisbury, Massachusetts|
|Coffee Origin:||Kayanza State, Burundi|
|Est. Price:||$15.99/10 ounces|
|Review Date:||June 2021|
Blind Assessment: Sweetly roast-toned, chocolaty. Dark chocolate, lily, vanilla, dried fig, scorched cedar in aroma and cup. Bittersweet-savory structure; crisp yet velvety mouthfeel. Dark chocolate notes lead in the finish, rounding to dried fruit and vanilla notes in the long.
Notes: This coffee earned a third-highest rating in a cupping of African Great Lakes coffees for Coffee Review’s June 2021 report. Produced by smallholding women farmers of JNP Coffee near the Kinyovu Washing Station entirely from local strains of the Bourbon variety of Arabica, and processed by the washed method (fruit skin and flesh are removed from the beans before they are dried). Valverde Coffee Roasters is a specialty roaster with locations in Salisbury, Massachusetts and La Paz, Bolivia. Visit www.cafevalverde.com for more information.
The Bottom Line: An inviting darker-roasted Burundi with deep, rich chocolate notes throughout, complicated by sweet florals, dried fruit, and a pleasingly smoky cedar.
This review originally appeared in the June, 2021 tasting report: African Great Lakes Coffees: Quality in the Face of Adversity