Coffee Reviews

Burundi Muruta – Anchorhead Coffee Co.

Andrew Pautler

Coffee Details

  • Coffee Name
    Burundi Muruta
  • Roaster
    Anchorhead Coffee Co.
  • Roaster Location
    Seattle, WA
  • Estimated Price
    $16.00 / 10 oz
  • Flavor Notes
    Dried apricot with cinnamon chocolate drizzle
  • Process
    Natural
  • Varieties
    Batian, Jackson, K7, Mbirizi 49, Mbirizi 68, SL28
  • Country
    Burundi
  • Region
    Muruta Community
  • Elevation
    1900 - 1960 MASL
  • Producer
    Smallholder farmers
  • Roast
    Light
  • Review Brew Method
    v60, Chemex, Ratio 8, espresso
  • Roast Date
    January 1, 1970
  • Review Date
    January 1, 1970

Coffee Scoring

8.9
Aroma
10 / 10
Body
9 / 10
Flavor
8 / 10
Acidity/Brightness
8 / 10
Balance
9 / 10
Sweetness
10 / 10
Cleanliness
9 / 10
Aftertaste
9 / 10
Complexity
8 / 10
Flexibility
9 / 10
Pros
  • Beautiful, strong aroma
  • Complex, intense sweetness

Cons
  • Flavor not as vibrant as aroma would suggest

Naturally processed African coffees are my favorite, so I was very excited to try this one from the Seattle-based roaster, Anchorhead.

This coffee hits you right away with an intense aroma filled with sweet, fruit and floral notes all mixed together. After brewing, the fruit notes became a bit more mild and tasted more of dried fruit than the berry-fruitiness I smelled initially. It had an amazing marshmallow sweetness to it that carried through the aftertaste. It was very bright, though a bit less than a lot of other dry processed African coffees I’ve tried. It has a light body that complimented the flavors and profile of the coffee well.

I think the strongest characteristics of the coffee were its aroma and sweetness. Both were intense, complex and unique. The only criticism I had was simply wanting more in the flavor notes. So many of the characteristics of the coffee were so intense (aroma, acidity, sweetness), I wish the flavor carried the same intensity.

The Bottom Line

This is a very solid coffee with a lot going for it. It is bright, sweet and works well in every brew method I tried from espresso to pour over.

Disclosure: Pull & Pour received coffee samples for this post, however, as always, all opinions are 100% my own.

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