Tasting Notes: Berry, Dark Chocolate, Cardamom

Tasting Notes: Berry, Dark Chocolate, Cardamom

Item information

Mbirizi #1

Item information

Kayanza, Burundi


Variety: Bourbon

Processing: Washed

Origin: Kayanza, Burundi

Producers: Salum Ramadhan

Altitude: 1900m

This washed coffee comes to us from the Mbirizi washing station, which is another of Salum Ramadhan's washing stations in Kayanza, Burundi. This station is located high up on the Nyabihanga hillside and receives some of the highest grown coffees that Salum processes. They've invested heavily in shade-drying equipment at Mbirizi which allows the coffee to dry more evenly and makes it easier for sorters to pick out defective beans early-on in the drying process since they're easier to see in the shade. It's a small change that can have a great impact on cup quality later on, and it's great to see producers like Salum investing in facilities that will continue to improve the already stellar coffees coming out of Burundi.

Mbirizi #1 is a bold coffee with robust flavors and a heavy body. We taste a berry sweetness combined with a dark chocolate note that gives the cup a decadent, dessert-like quality. Interestingly, there's a note of spice to this brew that reminds us of something like cardamom, and it interacts very well with the chocolate flavor to produce a cup that's sure to be a hit when entertaining. Drop us a line and let us know what brewing method works best for you!

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4.5 out of 5

Great Coffee

Surprised this hasn't been reviewed yet as I found it immensely enjoyable and nice change from the lighter roasts. Medium bodied with a delectable chocolate note and a nice, long finish. There is definitely a bit of spice towards the end that pushes this one over the top for me

Yaroslav Kolomiyets


Member Since

August '18

5.0 out of 5

Loved it

Solid flavor, smooth,

Peter Gertonson


Member Since

July '17

4.0 out of 5

Very good

I liked this coffee.

Aaron Neptune


Member Since

February '18

5.0 out of 5


Really impressed by this roast. Flavor is excellent. The berry isn't overpowering, and the chocolate note really embodies each cup.

Jennifer Crocker

Santa Monica

Member Since

June '19

4.5 out of 5

Really nice and subtle

Like others have said, this is a really enjoyable roast.

Austin Teague


Member Since

November '18

5.0 out of 5


This coffee is the best. Best reason to wake-up.

Fr. John Braun


Member Since

February '19

5.0 out of 5


I've been a member for a couple years, and this is one of my favorites so far

Jarrod Heinz


Member Since

March '18

4.5 out of 5


Smooth, fairly complex, chewy, and tasty. Good bean.

Ethan R


Member Since

October '15

5.0 out of 5

Deep flavored

Deep flavored with wonderful berry bite. Wonderful cup of coffee.

Melanie Claire Wiggins McMillan


Member Since

April '18

5.0 out of 5

Delicious coffee

This was one of my favorite coffees so far. It's flavorful, but in a good way; the blend of tastes is incredibly pleasant but not boring. I was sad when I reached the end of every cup. I prefer dessert for breakfast, so for me, this was perfect.

Allison Priore

Jim Thorpe

Member Since

December '18