THIS COFFEE HAS SOLD OUT. Fruited to raw sugar sweetness, cinnamon mixed with raw sugar, raisin and chopped date, snickerdoodle cookies, cherry soda, and tart lingonberry. Fantastic brewed, and Full City is great for espresso. City to Full City.
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Murambi is an impressive operation, a privately owned collection site in the Kiganda area near the Mubarazi river. The coffee processed at Murambi are from the surrounding hillside villages ("collines"), which there's talk of separating in the future, but this year was all blended together by day of delivery. Most of the farms are around 2000 meters above sea level and entirely planted in Bourbon. They process coffee in a similar way to Kenya, in that the cherry is removed with disc pulpers, fermented for almost a full day, and then washed/soaks for another day before being laid out to dry on raised beds. Last year the station received a large premium at the year's end for the coffees they exported, and the mill owner invested in 450 goats that were distributed to as many farmers who work with the station. The idea is for the goats to both help with building out an organic farming system, as well as an added source of revenue for the farmers. Also worth a mention that Murambi won the Burundi Cup of Excellence competition in 2012.
Roasting to City+ yields a sweet cup, with subtle spice cookie and dry fruit accents. The ground coffee is marked by a saccharine sweet base of turbinado sugar, and highlights in wet aromatics include honey graham crackers, loose leaf teas, and sweet spice hints in the steam. Brewed, Murambi has weighty body, noticeable even at City roast level. Cups of our lightest roast showed a nice developed sweetness that was like raw cane sugar, and with pectin sweetness too, notes of raisin and chopped date come to mind. A cinnamon and sugar mix comes up in the cooling cup and reminds me of snickerdoodle cookies. Acidity is bracing in light to middle roasts, and providing a structuring backbone to the fairly complex Burundi profile. A cherry soda note emerges at City+ that's delicious, and pairs well with a tart lingonberry flavor. A shade darker at Full City roast level, and Murambi presents subtle grape note and spiced dark chocolate. All in all, Murambi is so sweet at a wide range of roasts, and with complex top spice and fruited top notes that really elevate the cup. Full City roasts work fantastic as espresso too, producing thick bittersweet chocolate flavors, dense mouthfeel, and aromatics marked by clove spice and cranberry.