Thursday, April 9, 2020

Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters Burundi Gahahe in REDUX Review

“Have you Kaplowitz’d to-day?”

Batdorf & Bronson
Burundi Gahahe

ORIGIN: Kayanza, Burundi
VARIETAL: Red Bourbon

PROCESS: Natural & fully washed
BREW METHOD: Moka Pot
INTENSITY: Medium-Full

The reasoning behind this redux is a switch from French Press to Moka Pot brewing. The original FP review can be read at: https://bit.ly/2VlrAuc This 2d will not reference that 1t. You should read it anyway. It is superbly written.

NOTES:
Chocolate | Merlot | Figs

Sits in the cup looking all B I G & brawny. Greasy. Semi-gloss sheen. Brick reddish around the rim. Smells of sweet composted earth. Wine. "Are we there yet?" That's a better audio joke. Sips big as it looks. Front-loaded. A punch in the mouth, say. Flavor country & you get there via space rocket. Merlot & oak barrels, figs, & center square of brownie -- 

-- all play well off of one-another & also have lovely individual depths. Secondaries are a p/lush earth -- a potting soil, rich. This is backed by baking spices & a tobacco vibe, a ligero leaf which is there on the long finish. A half-tick of salt meets it there with the chocolate, figs. Merlot is further up; gone by then. Hit & run. Underneath it all is more earthiness & a darkly vegetal umami triggering. Lip-smacking. 

Juicy. Complex. Nuanced, each af. Hard-hitting & exciting. It's like a get in, get out bank heist. A first-round heavyweight KO. A real wham, bam, thank ya ma'am of a cuppa. Couple more things -- exquisite structure; it seemingly nonchalantly holds up a lot of weight against falling broadly on the tongue. Also, Batdorf & Bronson is serving up some of the very best coffees I've had of late. Kudos.

FINAL GRADE: A
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59

::: very :::