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Burundi Ryamukona Natural


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Recommended for:

  • Aeropress

  • Espresso

  • French Press

  • Pour Over

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A balanced and syrupy coffee with plenty of character – this natural processed lot from the region of Kayanza in northern Burundi is outstanding and versatile, suited to a range of brewing methods.

Key Stats

Location: Kayanza, Northern BurundiAltitude: 1,500 - 1,700 metres above sea levelPreparation: NaturalVarietal: Red BourbonOwners: Raw Material CoffeeFlavours: Plum Jam | Honey | Nougat


Burundi is a small, landlocked nation in East Africa. It is a country often under-appreciated as a coffee producer but is happily gaining a reputation for outstanding quality lots that rival those of its neighbours Rwanda, Tanzania and the DRC. We are always searching for better ways of working to try to undo structures that exist to prioritise the buyer over the producer and it is for this reason that we work with Raw Material (a non-profit) in Burundi who own the Izuba washing station which processes cherries from the Ryamukona community in Kayanza. They work with the sole aim of securing higher profits for both producers and employees of the company.

The ripe red cherries are floated before being dried in the sun and turned regularly. The resulting cup has pronounced sweetness and a jam-like mouthfeel that brings fantastic body and balance to a coffee that might traditionally be found in our ‘Explore’ range – happily we are able to showcase it more widely given its suitability for metal filter methods. It is perfect served both with and without milk and also has enough character to withstand a paper filter method too.

Brew Guides

Pour Over

Grind Setting: MediumBrew Time: 2 minute 30 seconds (based on a 1 cup Pour Over)Coffee:Water 18g : 250ml
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Grind Setting: Very fineBrew Time: 26-30 secondsDose:Brewed Weight 17g : 34-36ml
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Grind Setting: MediumBrew Time: 1 minute 30 seconds to 2 minutesCoffee:Water 19g : 250ml
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French Press

Grind Setting: CoarseBrew Time: 4 minutes Coffee:Water 60g : 1L
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Delivery Details

Once you have placed your order, you will receive an email to confirm it is being processed and then another one to let you know when it has been dispatched. We are currently operating with 3 working day lead time to process your order once you have placed it. 

Local pickups take place from the Roastery on Tong Road. Please note our shutter doors will be down for security and temperature reasons but we are always in Monday-Friday between 9 and 5pm – just ring the doorbell on arrival. We are offering free shipping for orders above £20 🙂


Customer Reviews

Based on 16 reviews
Tara Balfour

Burundi Ryamukona Natural

Samuel Taylor
Great body and lovely flavour

Lovely coffee ☕️

Exceptionally balanced espresso

This coffee is very pleasant as espresso, it has fruity and medium-high body and a delicious aftertaste.

Caroline Routledge
Delicious and ethical !

I don't think I have a very sophisticated palette but this coffee really does remind me of blackberries .I'm starting to appreciate that coffee doesn't have to be particularly dark, strong or powerful to be a wonderful experience.
This coffee was my retirement treat to myself but I will continue to patronise North Star and allow myself a little ongoing luxury ....
Good too that North Star trying to make sure the coffee workers are paid a fair wage

John McHenry



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