So it’s bean (see what I did there) a while since I last posted. Three months to be precise.
A lot’s changed in that time, but I’ll bring you all up to speed on all that in another post. Today we’re focusing on an another addition to The Bean Pole.
I was lucky enough to be sent a free sample by the lovely bunch at Square Mile, and I was impressed straight away with their packagin and presentation.
As soon as I opened the post bag it screamed that it was a premium quality product. The thick chamfered edges of the jet black boxed packaging was sturdy and kep the goodies inside safe and sound.
Once you opened the packaging it’s the gift that just keeps on giving.
I got so pre-occupied with the delicious smell from the Kibingo when I opened the box, that I almost missed the amazing effort and detail that Square Mile have put into the inside of their box.
The Victorianesque map imagery gave the coffee a contemporary feel, and added a sense of nostalgia even though it was a brand new sealed product.
And as impressed as I was with the packaging, it has nothing on the coffee itself.
The most suitable metaphor I can think of for my favourite coffee to date is this.
Imagine walking into a bar and across the room, there is a woman dressed all in black. She’s the most attractive person you’ve ever seen, she smells great, looks great, so you think it’s safe to approach. You finally pluck up the courage to introduce yourself, but as soon as you lean in to speak to her, you get punched square in the nose, but you kind of like it.
That was pretty much my experience with the Kibingo. It’s one of the blackest coffees I’ve tried, and packs a punch, but once you settle into it, you’ll never want to put it down.
It’s rich nutty tones bring it to life and the smell has a hint of malted milk biscuits that I used to love as a kid.
Stick it next to a cheese, ham and tomato croissant and you’ve got the perfect way to wake up in a morning.
It’s also ridiculously to prepare in my new DeLonghi Distinta pump filter coffee machine.
A couple of scoops, a quick tamp and away you go.
If you haven’t got round to buying a machine yet, the Kibingo also holds up really well in a cafetiere or when used to make cold brew.
As I’ve said many times before, I love a coffee that is traceable and is uncompromising in flavour and for me, this washed coffee from the Kayanza region in northern Burundi ticks all the boxes.
Price: £13 for 350g
Available to buy here: shop.squaremilecoffee.com
See my Kibingo rating below.
All star ratings are out of 5
Ease to brew: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️