Blue Bottle Coffee
Rwanda Nyanza Kirezi
|Roaster Location:||Oakland, California|
|Coffee Origin:||Nyanza region, Rwanda.|
|Est. Price:||$11.00/8 ounces|
|Review Date:||June 2015|
Blind Assessment: Sweetly bright, juicy. Orange marmalade, peach, pecan, vanilla, a hint of sandalwood in aroma and cup. Round but vibrant acidity; light but buoyantly syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates around vanilla notes that turn distinctly floral in a rich though gently drying finish.
Notes: 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. In the years since its founding Blue Bottle has attracted a strong following in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond, and now operates four roasting locations in Oakland, California; Brooklyn, New York; Los Angeles, California; and Tokyo, Japan. Visit www.bluebottlecoffee.com or call 510-653-3394 for more information.
Who Should Drink It: Those who enjoy quiet brightness and a fruit character that is simultaneously cleanly elegant and discreetly lush.
This review originally appeared in the June, 2015 tasting report: New Starbucks Reserve Coffees