Olympia Coffee Roasting

Burundi Kiryama Micro Lot

Location: Olympia, Washington

Origin: Burundi

Roast: Medium-Dark

Est. Price: $13.68/12 ounces

Review Date: May 2011

Agtron: 43/51

Aroma: 8

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 9

With Milk: 8

Blind Assessment:

Evaluated as espresso. Both Ken (93) and co-taster Sean Kohmescher (93) admired sweet-toned floral and bright lemony suggestions broadened by leather-like, musky bottom notes. Medium to full body, syrupy mouthfeel. Cocoaish chocolate and hints of lemon and flowers carry pleasingly into two parts milk.


Certified organically grown by members of the Kiryama Union. 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. Olympia Coffee Roasting is a small-batch wholesale and retail roasting company with a youthful, no-nonsense style and a commitment to high quality organic coffees. Visit www.olympiacoffeeroasting.com or call 360-753-0066 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: African profile with enough savory depth to anchor the lemon and floral sweetness. Fine single-origin straight-shot espresso.

This review originally appeared in the May, 2011 tasting report: Single-Origin Espressos

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