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Burundi is one of our most preferred coffee origins thanks to the incredible quality of coffee produced there but also due to the relatively early stages of development the country is in with regards to coffee production – we have a real opportunity to contribute to the development of the coffee industry in what is the fifth poorest country in the world, coffee really could drive social and economic change for thousands of smallholder farming families across the region.
This year we have worked with the nonprofit organisation Raw Material to buy coffee from their Burundian coffee company named Izuba. Raw Material are doing some awesome work in areas that have been traditionally under-represented from a specialty coffee perspective, pushing their profits back into the construction of coffee processing infrastructure and higher wages for washing station employees.
This is a really nice entry level natural processed coffee, not so much funk but plenty of sweetness with a soft blackberry-like acidity and hints of fudge and medjool dates. This one will take well to a touch more milk and can also be enjoyed across most brew methods right the way from pour over to espresso.
TOUCHING DOWN IN THE TINY CAPITAL CITY OF BUJUMBURA, I WAS IMMEDIATELY STRUCK BY THE HEARTFELT WARMTH OF THIS SMALL LANDLOCKED COUNTRY IN THE HEART OF EAST AFRICA.
Burundi has since held a special place in my heart and I look back so fondly on the time I spent there in 2017. We have had the pleasure of featuring some incredible coffees over the past few years but have struggled to find an export partner that is actively working on prioritising the welfare and agency of the producers. Much of the coffee industry here has been privatised and is owned by foreign companies. Last year however, we started working with the social enterprise ‘Raw Material’ who donate all profits to the producers they buy from through the purchase of coffee and community investments. The Izuba Coffee Company was set up by Raw Material as the Burundian arm of their business with the sole aim of securing higher profits for both producers and employees of the company. They have constructed a centralised washing station (Izuba) to service the communities of Kigeri, Mugoyi and Ryamukona with coffee processing, distribution of seedlings, and agronomic advice to increase yield and improve quality. We have been so fortunate to have secured two lots from this station this year, a washed and a natural processed coffee.
This natural processed lot comes from producers in Mugoyi who delivered ripe cherry to the Izuba washing station where it was first of all floated (to sort any under/over-ripes) before being dried on raised beds for 30 days. During the drying process, it is imperative to ensure regular and even turning to prevent the formation of mould and therefore defective cups. It is beautifully sweet with good body and balance.
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What a lovely coffee
Loved the richness of this Burundi Natural. Having tried the Burundi Washed, I was intrigued by the Natural. And it was brilliant! Drank it as an espresso, rich with flavours of dark berries and a touch of dates. So, recommend it with a few quality dates to kick off your morning! Energy guaranteed!
Wow oh wow. Drank this as espresso and the mouthfeel is amazing - syrupy, rich, and sweet. Plenty of dark fruit flavour. All of this, plus the Izuba washing station workers get paid 25% more than neighbouring stations.
Lovely coffee with flavours that are quite unique. I know little about coffee from Burundi, and will certainly pay more attention to it from now on. Recommended!