Coffee Reviews

Buzira – Burundi – Bespoken Coffee Roasters

Andrew Pautler

Coffee Details

  • Coffee Name
    Buzira - Burundi
  • Roaster
    Bespoken Coffee Roasters
  • Roaster Location
    Corvallis, Oregon
  • Estimated Price
    $16.50 / 12 oz
  • Flavor Notes
    Sweet and tart with chocolate, grape and citrus fruits
  • Process
    Washed
  • Varieties
    Bourbon
  • Country
    Burundi
  • Region
    Murata commune, Buyenzi, Kayanza
  • Elevation
    1950 - 2050 MASL
  • Producer
    3,000 smallholder farmers
  • Roast
    Light
  • Review Brew Method
    Chemex, espresso, v60
  • Roast Date
    March 2, 2020
  • Review Date
    March 21, 2020

Coffee Scoring

9.0
Aroma
9 / 10
Body
8.5 / 10
Flavor
9 / 10
Acidity/Brightness
9.5 / 10
Balance
9 / 10
Sweetness
9.5 / 10
Cleanliness
8.5 / 10
Aftertaste
9 / 10
Complexity
9 / 10
Flexibility
9 / 10
Pros
  • Strong citrus acidity
  • Tart sweetness & flavor notes

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

Bespoken Coffee Roasters is a small coffee roaster located outside of Portland, Oregon. I was excited to try their Burundi, which I had heard many good things about. It is comprised of coffee from 3,000 smallholder farmers and produced at the Buziraguhindwa washing station.

The coffee has a sweet-toned fragrance that is creamy and chocolaty. The sweet-tart flavor had some amazing lemon-lime citrus notes, but also notes of dark chocolate—an incredibly unique combination. The acidity was one of the strongest attributes of the coffee and was sharp, bright and full of citrus. It was strong at the front of each sip and lingered through the long finish. The sweetness, which was tart and tangy, was a great unifying attribute of the coffee.

I tried the coffee in a variety of pour over methods, as well as espresso. It was incredibly flexible and performed well in every brew method I threw at it. The espresso was especially interesting and I was impressed with how well the citrus notes came through.

The Bottom Line

This and the Folly Burundi I tried recently have both been very impressive and have renewed my love for Burundis, which had been lackluster to say the least over the past nine months. This complex and layered coffee is a great option for all African coffee lovers who have missed a good Burundi recently.

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