Willoughby's Coffee and Tea

Burundi Kiryama Washing Station

Location: Branford, Connecticut

Origin: Burundi

Roast: Medium

Est. Price: $13.99/16 ounces

Review Date: May 2012

Agtron: 52/59

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Complex floral character, combining jasmine-like sweetness and bitterish lavender. Deepening hints of plum-like fruit and cocoa. Soft, spicy acidity; leanish though silky mouthfeel. A savory hint turns up in the rich, floral-toned 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 Bourbon and related heirloom varieties of Arabica, Burundi coffee has an excellent reputation and a growing following among North American specialty roasters. “Washing station” is the East/Central African term for wet mill, the facility where the soft fruit residue is removed from the freshly picked coffee and the beans or seeds are dried. Willoughby’s Coffee & Tea is a pioneer specialty coffee roaster established in the early 1980s that has gracefully and successfully moved with the times and now offers a menu of extremely refined small-lot, single-origin coffees. Visit www.willoughbyscoffee.com or call 800-388-8400 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Aficionados and others interested in the intriguingly complex floral character with its spicy/savory underpinning.

This review originally appeared in the May, 2012 tasting report: Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania

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