This lot from Tomas Perdido is a distinctly quintessential Guatemalan coffee. When smelling the grounds, it just smells like Guatemala chocolate and nuts and maybe some floral notes. At first taste, the flavor is more of cocoa in its raw form, like a 70% dark chocolate bar. However, the middle part of the flavor is delightfully sweet as well which gives off the impression of caramel. When I swished this coffee around for a bit in my mouth (many times), I knew that there was the essence of almond extract in the cup that was somewhat syrupy. This is not a wild coffee, but an everyday drinker and sure to be one that still impresses those who don't buy "fancy" coffee.
Burundi Ephrem Sebatigita
$16.50 – $154.00
Farm: Ephrem’s Family Farm started in 1938,
Elevation: 1700-2000 MASL
Variety: Red Bourbon
Cup: Tart and Poppy, Cherry and Raspberry, Deep Jam and Spice Tones
Ephrem Sebatigita’s family has operated a farm since 1938. That in itself speaks volumes. As in many cases though, a farm going to next-level exportable and reaching specialty grade is a milestone––it takes an incredible amount of diligence and effort. Ephrem has made it his lot in life to ensure this standard however, and it becomes obvious when you put this coffee on the table next to other coffees.
This coffee comes to us again through our friends at Homage, who do the hard work to establish these direct trade coffees in Burundi.
A Word From Peregrine on Burundi Coffee:
When we committed to showcasing Burundi coffees over the ever-popular Ethiopian coffees, we knew we were going against the grain. If you like Ethiopian, you go for it every time. I did too… once upon a time. We are creatures of habit, but some habits are meant to be broken. Enter Burundi. Do you desire the same incredible flavors found in Ethiopian coffees but wish they were even deeper and more complex? Try Burundi. Do you often think your Ethiopian has an aftertaste that is undesirable? Taste Burundi! We are tired of Burundi getting a bad rap because of a possible defective bean. You might get one in a hundred brews, and those other 99 far outweigh that one defective cup. So, be adventurous, and make the jump that you won’t regret. Go Burundi, and never go back.