Kaldi's Coffee Roasting
|Roaster Location:||St. Louis, Missouri|
|Coffee Origin:||Kayanza Province, Burundi.|
|Review Date:||June 2009|
Blind Assessment: Co-cupper Jim Reynolds (95): "This coffee scored well in every category. I especially liked the floral acidity - a nice vanilla and chocolate aspect to the flavor complemented the smooth - very smooth - mouthfeel." Ken's praise (94) was nearly identical, though he added "spicy fruit" and a hint of lemon to his descriptors. Impressive flavor persistence in a long, rich finish.
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 particular Burundi was produced from trees of the Bourbon variety and Bourbon derivative varieties Jackson and Mibirizi. Founded in 1994, Kaldi's Coffee is a quality-oriented small-batch roaster with several cafes throughout Missouri. Visit
Who Should Drink It: A complete expression of a Central Africa profile: balance, richness, complexly expressed acidity, silky body, pungently floral aromatics.
This review originally appeared in the June, 2009 tasting report: Alternative Africas: Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania