notes of apricot, ripe red berries and sweet tea are complimented beautifully by a lively citrus acidity. Bright, refreshing and expressive, this red bourbon variety is a testament to the unique character and excellent quality of our favourite coffees from Burundi.
Producer: Ngogomo washing station
Region: Muyinga, Burundi
Varieties: Red Bourbon
Altitude: 1500-1700 masl
About the coffee
The great majority of coffee farming in Burundi is done on very small plots that usually reside in the backyards of the smallholders that own them. The modest amount - 200kg - 300kg, annually - the average producer can grow generally requires these smallholders to sell their cherries to a washing station where the coffee is processed and brought to market.
In this case, those cherries are sold to the Ngogomo Central Washing Station; one of the principal stations in Muyinga Provience. Established in 1992 it now serves 1,800 smallholders on 18 different hills. The washing station, overseen by manager Severin Nizigiyamana, employs strict quality control protocols through sorting, de-pulping, and fermentation. After fermentation, the coffee is run through washing and grading canals. These canals are lined with wooden bars that are spaced across the channel to stop beans of specific densities, resulting in separation of seven 7 different grades. Lastly, the coffee is dried slowly for 2-3 weeks until it reaches a moisture content of 11.5%. All the while, pickers inspect the coffee by hand for defects that may have been previously missed.