Coffee Reviews

Burundi Microlot – Winer – Folly Coffee

Andrew Pautler

Coffee Details

  • Coffee Name
    Burundi Microlot - Winer
  • Roaster
    Folly Coffee
  • Roaster Location
    Silver Lake, Minnesota
  • Estimated Price
    $19.50 / 12 oz
  • Flavor Notes
    Lemon citrus , fruit acidity, sugary sweetness
  • Process
    Washed
  • Varieties
    Bourbon
  • Country
    Burundi
  • Region
    Kayanza
  • Elevation
    1950-2050 MASL
  • Producer
    Buzira washing station
  • Roast
    Light
  • Review Brew Method
    v60, Chemex, cupping
  • Roast Date
    February 25, 2020
  • Review Date
    March 7, 2020

Coffee Scoring

8.8
Aroma
8.5 / 10
Body
9 / 10
Flavor
9 / 10
Acidity/Brightness
9 / 10
Balance
9 / 10
Sweetness
8.5 / 10
Cleanliness
9 / 10
Aftertaste
9 / 10
Complexity
8 / 10
Flexibility
9 / 10
Pros
  • Best Burundi I've tried for a while
  • Citrus acidity

Cons
  • Needed more complexity

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Burundi has had a rough few seasons for coffee—at least from my experience. I’ve seen very few Burundi’s available over the past year or two and the few I’ve tried have been lackluster at best. For that reason, I was really excited to get to try a Burundi from Folly Coffee as part of my Crema.co subscription that received such good reviews.

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The coffee begins with a medium intensity sweet-toned fragrance of apple and tropical fruit. As I began to drink the coffee I tasted apple, papaya and apricot. Each of these flavor notes became sweeter and more pronounced as the coffee cooled. The coffee has a nice citrus acidity that comes on strong at the front and lingers through the finish. The sweetness overall was a bit flat and unimpressive. It was present throughout, but not very noticeable. The coffee was balanced, clean and worked well in a variety of brew methods. I was a bit disappointed with the complexity overall though. The coffee evolved nicely as it cooled, but I wanted a bit more depth to the flavor notes in general.

The Bottom Line

This coffee was a bright spot in a series of lack-luster Burundi’s recently. I don’t know if it was on par with some other high-quality African origins (Ethiopians, Kenyans, etc.), but it showed a lot of potential and was still a very tasty coffee.

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