ABOUT THIS COFFEE:
FACTS & FIGURES:
Variety: Red Bourbon
Producer: Severin Nizigiyimana
Harvest: May – June 2016
A beautiful, clean and complex natural. Winegums, blackcurrant, red grape and dark chocolate notes with a rich winey mouthfeel.
And now for something very special. This is the first natural process coffee we have ever come across from Burundi and it is absolutely delicious.
Burundi is a tiny country in East Africa, situated to the south of Rwanda, and coffee makes up 93% of the country’s exports. We have been buying fantastic washed coffees from Burundi for many years but only now are we starting to see the emergence of high quality natural lots like this coffee from the Nemba washing station.
Nemba is located in the Kayanza region close to the border with Rwanda and they placed first in the Cup of Excellence as recently as 2015. The station is managed by Severin Nizigiyimana and processes the coffee of around 3000 smallholder farmers from the local area. About 90% of the population of Burundi are smallholder subsistence farmers and most people in the coffee regions will grow some coffee alongside other cash crops, vegetables and livestock.
Severin is a trained agronomist and provides farming advice and training to the local farmers. This means the station is very focused on receiving only the ripest cherries, a crucial approach when producing naturals. Farmers are paid on a daily basis for the cherry they deliver during the harvest and a second premium at the end of the season based on overall production and quality. Cherries are hand sorted and floated to remove under or over ripe fruit before being dried on raised beds for around
25 days to produce this exquisite natural process lot.