Burundi Gahahe Micro Lot Project – Washed


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“An outstanding coffee with complex acidity and good balance – there is a syrupy mouthfeel that is pineapple like in character with hints of peach, lemon and dried strawberry. Persistent and pleasant aftertaste which leaves you hankering for the next cup.”

Burundi has long since been at the forefront of our minds when thinking about great quality East African coffee. Following a trip there in August 2017 as part of the Cup of Excellence jury it became apparent that it is very quickly developing a well deserved reputation for some of the most interesting coffee this region has to offer. However it also came to light the great strides that still need to be made to cement the industry in the minds of foreign buyers and to raise the prices paid to these amazing smallholder coffee farmers. We have therefore taken it upon ourselves to buy as much coffee as possible from this origin as part of an effort to really promote it as a coffee producing origin.

We are delighted to present this incredibly special project which features three amazing lots from the Gahahe washing station in Kayanza. We worked with this group of farmers last year and were so pleased to find the washing station was going to be experimenting with new processing techniques for this year’s harvest. We have a washed, a honey and a natural for you to try all of which show the incredibly diverse flavour profiles available in specialty grade coffee.

Key Stats

Location: Kayanza, Northern BurundiAltitude: 1,805 metres above sea levelPreparation: WashedVarietal: BourbonOwners: Approximately 599 smallholder farmersFlavours: Peach | Lemon | Dried Strawberry


Following a trip to Burundi as part of the Cup of Excellence jury in August 2017, we were lucky enough to come across this very interesting project at the Gahahe washing station in the northern province of Burundi, Kayanza.

Last year we purchased a beautiful washed lot from this station which was incredibly popular and really showed the amazing potential held by Burundi for the production of outstanding quality coffee. It is perhaps less well known as a coffee producer compared to its neighbours Rwanda and Tanzania, but it is a country with great coffee tradition and fantastically high altitude, regular rainfall and an abundance of Bourbon. Being a landlocked country, sandwiched between the DRC, Tanzania and Rwanda, Burundi has typically had problems getting its coffee out of the country and on the water in a timely manner which has traditionally affected the cup profile of its coffee.

However, recent advancements have been made as more mills and exporters become focused on the specialty industry to access higher prices for their coffee. The Gahahe station was established in 1989 and processes the coffee of around 600 smallholder farmers. Kayanza is mostly known for being the source of the River Nile and it is this unique water that is thought to produce such outstanding coffee. This year, they have decided to produce two experimental lots to sit alongside their more traditional washed coffee and we are delighted to have secured an amount of each to display side by side, truly showcasing the incredible potential flavour within specialty coffee due to the wealth of processing techniques available. We hope you enjoy having a taste of the very best that Burundi has to offer.

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Grind Setting: MediumBrew Time: 1 minute 30 seconds (based on a 1 cup Pour Over)Coffee:Water 16-18g : 250ml
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Grind Setting: Very fineBrew Time: 28-34 secondsDose:Brewed Weight 17g-19g : 35-40ml
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Grind Setting: MediumBrew Time: 3 minutesCoffee:Water 17g -19g : 250ml
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Grind Setting: Very CoarseBrew Time: 6 minutes 30 seconds (for 1L)Coffee:Water 65g : 1L
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  1. (verified owner):

    Collected my 1Kg of Burundi this sunny Thursday morning, at North Stars beautiful dockside roastery couldn’t have been a better morning for it. I’ve just had a Flat white out in my garden in the sunshine.

    The espresso base was sparkling with raspberry and peach, having been roasted just a few hours before being shot down my grinder and entering my group handle, it was reminiscent of fruity ice tea. It enveloped my mouth with a comforting smooth, chocolate, buttery coating. The ending had a hint of sweet red toffee apple.

    Can’t wait to share this amazing coffee with my friends tomorrow.

    Thanks again to North Star & Burundi!

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