February 18th 2015 (pictured: wooden bicycles from Rwanda outside the Sweet Maria's offices in West Oakland)
It's been two weeks and we have another exciting pair for our roasted coffee subscription. This time I chose one coffee from Rwanda and one from Burundi. Both of these arrived recently here at the Sweet Maria's.
Rwanda Coffee Villages City +
The sweetness stands out in this balanced coffee from the Karenge station in Eastern Rwanda. It reminds me of a less refined sugar like muscovado. There are mild notes of apple and dried fruits in the acidity. Subtle hints of all-spice and clove come forward in the aroma and add complexity to this brewed cup. There is a bit of dark chocolate in the finish.
Burundi Kibande Ruyaga City
There is a pleasing acidity upfront in this one from the Muyinga province of Burundi. It sparkles with a combination of juicy citrus and a brighter lemongrass flavor. The sweetness is syrupy, like honey or caramel. At this City roast level there is a candied nut flavor.
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I also roasted these two espresso blends
Sweet Maria's New Classic Espresso Blend
Sweet Maria's Liquid Amber Espresso Blend