With 19 regular coffees, the mere scale of our 20% off Rwanda and Burundi coffees sale is pretty huge (20% off on Sweet Maria's, 15% off on Coffee Shrub). In order to help you navigate the rather extensive list of green coffee, we threw together a quick overview where you can compare things like cup score, notes, roast/brew recommendations and price at a glance. And what an incredible list of coffees this is, both wet and dry process, several topping out over 88 points and starting below $5 bucks a pound!
Notes on Burundi Coffees:
Overall, we find the wet-processed Burundi coffees to be more delicate, clean, and perhaps less complex when roasted medium-to-dark than their Rwanda counterparts. It's great to focus on Burundi if you like lighter roasts, lighter body, less aggressive flavor profiles but with plenty of nuance. Of course, this is speaking in broad terms and there are many exceptions!
For coffees with very clean, honey or cane sugar sweetness, you might want to try Burundi Kayanza Masha Station, or Burundi Kayanza Dusangirijambo.
If it's subtle fruited hints, baking spice and a brighter flavor profile you're after, City to City+ roasts of these coffees are ideal: Burundi Kazoza N'Ikawa Station, Burundi Kayanza Nemba Station, and Burundi Kayanza Gahahe Station.
For more fruited character, I think you'll be surprised by the level of fruit for a washed coffee in Burundi Kayanza Gakenke, and Burundi Honey Process Gahahe is certainly worth checking out too!
Notes on Rwanda Coffees:
It's surprising that these neighboring origins are so unique. There are some wet-processed Rwanda coffees that cup like the delicate, clean, mild flavor profile of Burundi (Rwanda Nyamasheke Nyakabingo Station comes to mind). Perhaps it's the greater variety of coffee plant varieties in Rwanda, or the different weather patterns between growing areas that produce a range of cup characteristics.
Fruit and spice are found in these Rwanda coffees: Rwanda Rutsiro Mushonyi Station and Rwanda Kivu Kageyo.
"Tea-like" aspects are something we note often in our Rwanda lots, especially in the finish. If that is appealing check out Rwanda Nyamasheke Gitwe and Rwanda Nyamasheke Kanyege Station.
Complexity, pungency, even some rustic characteristics can be found in Rwanda. These more aggressive flavors can be found in our lots of Rwanda Rusizi Gaseke and Rwanda Nyamasheke Cyato Lot 327.
And lovers of fruit-forward dry process coffees have to try Rwanda Dry Process Rutsiro Mushonyi and Rwanda Dry Process Nyakarenzo.
The Whole List, With Condensed Descriptions:
It might be best to scan our entire offer list. Just click on any either "SM" (Sweet Maria's) or "Shrub" (Coffee Shrub) links at the end of each description when you're ready to order. Please note the discount is not applied until you've added the coffees to your shopping cart.
Burundi Kayanza Nemba Station: Tea and spices, floral aroma, Darjeeling, lemon note. Acidity is brilliant. City to Full City. 87.9 points - $4.92 /1lb. - order on SM or in bulk on Shrub
Burundi Kazoza N'Ikawa Station: Sugarcane juice, dried apple, lemon zest and cinnamon stick. Acidity pops like lemonade. City to Full City. 88.5 points - $4.84 /1lb. - order on SM or in bulk on Shrub
Burundi Honey Process Kibingo Station: Honeyed mouthfeel and flavor, toasted sugar, black tea, tea-tannic acidity. Crowd pleasing. City to Full City. 88.5 points - $5.20 /1lb. - order on SM or in bulk on Shrub
Burundi Honey Process Gahahe: Sweet, clean and vibrant coffee. Raw sugar, malic acidity, cranberry and cinnamon top notes. City to Full City. Nice espresso. 88.7 points $5.12 - /1lb. - order on SM or in bulk on Shrub
Burundi Kayanza Masha Station: SO sweet (8.8!) sugar in the raw, cream caramel, light brown sugar, baking spices, pear and apple. Nice espresso. 87.2 points - $4.84 /1lb. - order on SM or in bulk on Shrub
Burundi Kayanza Dusangirijambo: Layered sweetness, subtle spice and apple in light roasts, rich dark chocolate cherry in dark. City+ to Full City+. Nice espresso. 87.1 points - $4.76 /1lb. - order on SM or in bulk on Shrub
Burundi Kayanza Gahahe Station: Cooked sugar backdrop, Darjeeling tea, clove, all spice, lemon rind and cider-like apple notes. City to Full City. 89.2 points - $5.00 /1lb. - order on SM or in bulk on Shrub
Burundi Rwiri Yagikawa Station: Opaque body, turbinado sugar, molasses, cinnamon and ginger, and cocoa powder finish. City+ to Full City+. Nice espresso. 88 points - $4.76 /1lb. - order on SM or in bulk on Shrub
Burundi Kibumbu Kayokwe: Tea-like vibrance, raw honey and caramelizing sugars, fruited top notes and syrupy bittersweetness. City to Full City. Nice espresso. 87.8 points - $4.60 /1lb. - order on SM or in bulk on Shrub
Burundi Kayanza Gakenke: Delicate, apricot and dried papaya hints with mace and anise. Syrupy sweet and mild floral character. City to City+. 89.6 points - $4.84 /1lb. - order on SM or in bulk on Shrub
Rwanda Nyamasheke Gitwe: Orange pekoe black tea, dried apple, raisin, transparent sweetness, and complex Earl Grey tea finish. City to City+. 87.4 points - $4.72 /1lb. - order on SM or in bulk on Shrub
Rwanda Kivu Kageyo: Butter toffee sweetness, clove and cinnamon top notes, candied lemon peel and English Breakfast tea. City to Full City. Nice espresso. 87 points - $4.92 /1lb. - order on SM or in bulk on Shrub
Rwanda Rutsiro Mushonyi Station: Raw sugars, raisin, dried fig, prune, mild spice, candied citrus note offers sharp contrast. City to Full City. 87.8 points - $4.84 /1lb. - order on SM or in bulk on Shrub
Rwanda Dry Process Nyakarenzo: Brisk tea-like acidity, dried fruits like prune and tamarind, brown rice syrup and honey wheat. City to Full City. 87.2 points - $4.84 /1lb. - order on SM or in bulk on Shrub
Rwanda Nyamasheke Kanyege Station: Cane juice sweetness, lemon grass tea, citric acidity, and FC yields robust spiced chocolate cup. City to Full City. Nice espresso. 88.1 points - $4.84 /1lb. - order on SM or in bulk on Shrub
Rwanda Rusizi Gaseke: Uniquie herbals, licorice root, date sugar sweetness from start to finish. A bodied brewed coffee. City+ to Full City+. 86.4 points - $4.60 /1lb. - order on SM or in bulk on Shrub
Rwanda Nyamasheke Cyato Lot 327: Molasses, slippery elm and simple black tea, lively, big body, chocolate tones with development. City+ to Full City. Nice espresso. 88.5 points - $5.00 /1lb. - order on SM or in bulk on Shrub
Rwanda Dry Process Rutsiro Mushonyi: Sticky fruit character, blueberry, dried apricot, apple and date, coconut flakes and cacao nibs. City+ to Full City+. Nice espresso. 88.3 points - $5.00 /1lb. - order on SM or in bulk on Shrub
Rwanda Nyamasheke Nyakabingo Station: Balance, floral honey, black tea with lemon, hibiscus, dried fruit, bittersweet undertones. City to Full City+. Nice espresso. 88.4 points - $4.88 /1lb. - order on SM or in bulk on Shrub