Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Mugged: Kayanza Bwayi [Transcend Coffee]


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Subject: Transcend Coffee
Coffee Mugged: Kayanza Bwayi lot no. 6
Rating: 5+ [see key]

While traveling is limited for most people, obtaining an occasional food or drink from far away is sometimes the next best thing. One recent experience occurred when Transcend Coffee of Alberta, Canada sent me a pound of their Kayanza Bwayi to try out. This coffee from Burundi intrigued me from first waft, with lots of bright and floral aromas preceding.

I tested the coffee with the usual three brew methods of drip (filtered), siphon and french press.

The drip coffee rocketed out notes of blueberry, tame chocolate, oak barrel, mint, nuts, dandelion greens and buttery cracker. The brew was light to medium in body and held a delicious array of flavors with little drawback.

The french press held similar, with bright blueberry and nougat at first contact followed with subtleties of mint, cilantro, buttery cracker and yerba matte. Practically the same body and flavor potency as the drip.

The siphon held sweeter chocolate, blueberry, oak barrel, mint, buttered cracker and dandelion greens amidst a heavier, medium body.

Though I've never been to Edmonton, Alberta (it's on my list of places to hit), this quality of coffee could get me there; Transcend's Kayanza Bwayi did a nice job of bringing a quality, (western) Canadian-roasted coffee experience to my kitchen. Give this Burundian a whirl if you're looking for a flavorful African coffee.

note: coffee was provided free of charge and the above review is objective feedback.


skibbz said...

you need to try the new organo gold coffee, it tastes great as well

Stephanie Yoon said...

I'm so impressed with your reviews! You seem to have such a mature pallet that picks up on such unique flavors. Blueberry. Dandelion Greens. So interested. Can't wait to try this particular coffee.

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