Burundi is a country with great coffee tradition, all of its coffee is produced by smallholder farmers who have between 1 and 2 hectares of land in their ‘shamba’. Similarly to its coffee producing neighbours, Rwanda and Tanzania, Burundi’s coffee is therefore processed and sold by the local wet mill – in this instance, Gahahe which is in the region of Kayanza.
This is a really rich and rounded coffee with great balance and ‘sparkling’ character – it has super sweet notes of raspberry and peach and is very versatile.
Burundi 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 with 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. All of Burundi’s coffee is produced by smallholder farmers who have between half a hectare and two hectares of coffee in their ‘shamba’ yielding between 1-5 sacks of cherry. They then deliver their selectively picked ripe cherry to a centralised wet mill, in this instance Gahahe.
Gahahe was established in 1989 and processes the coffee of around 600 smallholder farmers. This washing station is located in the region of Kayanza which borders Rwanda in the North and coffees from Gahahe have consistently won places in the Cup of Excellence competition since 2012. 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 washing station processes most of its coffee using the two stage washing and soaking practice that is usually common in Kenya – this extra period of soaking the parchment beans in clean water is thought to add great acidity and therefore complexity to the cup. This lot is beautifully bold with rich juicy notes of raspberry and peach, pulled together with a syrupy caramel mouthfeel and great body which adds to the overall balance.
We roast on a Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday / Post orders on a Thursday / You should get your coffee ready to drink on a Friday or a Saturday dependent on the good old Royal Mail service.
Get your orders in before 12pm on a Wednesday to ensure you have fresh coffee to drink by the weekend. If you need to get hold of some coffee outside of our roasting days then please feel free to drop us a line at email@example.com
Local pickups can be collected directly from our Roastery at Unit 33, The Boulevard, Leeds Dock, LS10 1PZ on a Thursday or Friday from 8:30am until 5:30pm. There is free parking parallel to The Boulevard on Chadwick St and there is a free water taxi directly to us from the train station along with several bus options. Unfortunately we cannot deliver your order to a local customer for you to collect from.