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Kiniyota Espresso

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Facing civil war through out the 1990's and devastation of their economy, Burundi is an emerging player in specialty coffee. Taking note of neighboring Rwanda's success with coffee, Burundi-one of the world's poorest countries-began investing in coffee growing infrastructure in the 2000's. While still facing hardship and political unrest, Burundi is gaining attention among the world's drinkers of quality coffee by presenting sparkling and complex cups that rival some of the best out there. This fully washed, screen 15 plus Burundi is grown by small holder farmers and processed at the Gomba Washing Station. Bordering Tanzania, the Gomba Washing Station is located in the Buhinyuza District in the Muyinga Province. The Gomba Washing Station employs a young agronomist who promotes 'good agricultural practices' (GAP) and runs a coffee nursery to supply new trees for the smallholder farmers in the region. 

Coffee Review

95 pts      Aroma: 9   Body: 9     Flavor: 9    Aftertaste: With Milk: 9

Blind Assessment: Evaluated as espresso. Intensely pungent, richly sweet. Dark chocolate, black cherry, almond, myrrh, star jasmine in aroma and small cup. Buoyant, silky mouthfeel; long, lingering finish characterized by dark chocolate and stone fruit. In three parts milk, suggestions of myrrh and star jasmine support the throughline of fudge-like chocolate notes.

Bottom Line: A confident and expressive coffee from Burundi, roasted for espresso applications, with rich notes of stone fruit and dark chocolate enlivened by flowers suggesting spice-toned star jasmine.

Review by Kenneth Davids, Coffee Review, May 2018. Review at Coffee Review.

Kiniyota Espresso

Aroma and Flavor notes: 
Pomegranate. Black Cherry. Dark Chocolate.
Thick and Syrupy
Buhinyuza District, Muyinga Province
Gomba Washing Station
Growing elevation: 
1400-1600 Meters

Weight: 12 oz