JBC Coffee Roasters

Rutana Burundi Espresso

Location: Madison, Wisconsin

Origin: Burundi

Roast: Medium-Dark

Est. Price: $13.99/12 ounces

Review Date: February 2013

Agtron: 46/55

Aroma: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

With Milk: 9

Blind Assessment:

Evaluated as espresso. Richly tart yet profoundly sweet. Raspberry-toned dark chocolate, orange or tangerine marmalade, crisp cedar, a hint of flowers in aroma and small cup. Full, buttery mouthfeel. Flavor rounds without losing its complexity or sweetly tart authority in two- to four-parts milk.


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. This Burundi is specially roasted for espresso brewing. JBC Coffee Roasters (formerly Johnson Brothers Coffee Roasters) is a distinguished small-batch roasting company. Visit www.jbccoffeeroasters.com or call 608-256-5282 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: A superb single-origin espresso, which illustrates how successfully the pleasures of a sweetly bright, high-grown coffee can be deepened but not muted for espresso brewing.

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