Burundi Kiryama Kayanza
|Newport Beach, California
|Kayanza Province, Burundi.
The genius of this coffee is expressed in a grand but seductive acidity: big, juicy and tartly sweet-toned with black cherry and lemony complication. In the cup the acidity is enveloped in a background caramelly softness that assumes control in the rather quiet finish.
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. With two locations in Southern California's Orange County, Kean Coffee is an in-house coffee roaster and retailer established by Martin Diedrich of the famous Diedrich coffee family. The Kean slogan, "Martin knows his beans" should be true, considering Martin grew up in Guatemala where his family owned a coffee farm. Visit www.keancoffee.com or call 949-933-9164 for more information.
Who Should Drink It
Those who enjoy acidity of the intense but sweet, ripe-orange kind.
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This review originally appeared in the May, 2010 tasting report: Micro to Macro: Southern California Coffees