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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.
There are zingy notes of pink grapefruit balanced with sweet blackcurrant and a jammy mouthfeel. Hints of butter and digestive biscuit add to the body and balance of this brew, making it well suited to most paper filter methods and to espresso – be careful not to add too much milk to this one!
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.
Th is washed lot comes from the communities in Kigeri and Mugoyi. Producers delivered ripe cherry to the Izuba washing station where it was first of all floated (to sort any under/over-ripes) before being hand sorted to minimise the presence of any potato defected beans (check out this blog for more info on what we mean here!). Finally the beans were fermented for around 12 hours before being washed in channels and dried on raised beds for 20 days. In Kirundi, Izuba means ‘sun’ and the resulting cup profile of this lot certainly sings of sunshine! It is just what we need to take us through the last dark days of winter and into Spring.
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I’ve been brewing this for the past couple of weeks on a Sage Precision Brewer and it’s pretty tasty. Fairly delicate, and fruity.
This will be my go to coffee from now on
Burundi Izuba Washed
This really is amazing stuff. I've used aeropress and chemex, and agree with other reviewers regarding its smoothness. But so flavourful too. A treat every time!
Ordered this Burundi (washed) for the first time. Medium-ground for a pour-over filter, I found this smooth and mellow, with a hint of blackcurrants. So naturally, I matched it with a nice blackcurrant preserve on toasted sourdough. Perfect way to start the weekend! Look forward to opening the other Burundi (natural) we ordered and comparing it to this beaut.