Blue Bottle Coffee
|Nyanza region, Rwanda.
Savory nut and sweet honey notes together suggest an almost halvah-like richness, with complications of fresh-cut cedar and roasted cacao nib. Sweetly brisk, buoyant acidity; lively, silky mouthfeel. Drying though deeply flavor-saturated finish.
The Kirezi cooperative was founded in 2009 with six members. It has now grown to over four hundred members with a full washing station and improved equipment. Rwanda's impressive potential as fine coffee producer has come to fruition over the past decade owing to the industry of its growers, generous support from international aid agencies, and the commitment of North American specialty coffee roasters. Blue Bottle Coffee started as the quintessential boutique coffee business: a micro-roasting operation in Oakland housed inside a space about as large as a suburban walk-in closet and a single retail location in San Francisco. Since its founding Blue Bottle has attracted a strong following in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond, and now operates two roasting locations: one in Oakland, California and another in Brooklyn, New York. Visit www.bluebottlecoffee.com or call 510-653-3394 for more information.
Who Should Drink It
Lovers of originality, in this case driven by paradox: crisply savory nut enveloped in honey-and-floral sweetness.
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This review originally appeared in the May, 2014 tasting report: Rwanda and Central Africa: Sweet and a Hint of Savory