Taste Profile; Orange acidity - black cherry - chocolate finish
Burundi is a country that continues to face immense social and political difficulties. One of the challenges for the coffee sector is the government’s involvement as an owner and operator of the washing stations. This makes visibility and transparency very questionable. Despite this there are a few privately owned washing stations that are working hard to improve the quality.
The flavour profile from the Kayanza region in Burundi is similar in a lot of ways to the southern Rwandan coffees like Huye Mountian. In fact, Huye Mountain is only about 60 miles from the Kayanya village as the crow flies. However, we tend to find Kayanza coffees are more delicate in character and present farm more floral notes of jasmine, rose and orange blossom.
Mpanga is both the name of the farm and the central washing station that processes all our lots. They are both owned by Jean Clement of SEGEC exporters who also handle the export. The washing station is situated in the Kayanza village so is well placed to receive cherry from all the small producers in the surrounding area.
SEGEC are doing their best to mitigate the risk farmers face with fluctuating world coffee prices. They pay an initial fee for delivered cherry with bonuses based on cup quality once the coffee has been sorted and cupped. The lower quality coffees will be blended together and sold commercially with the top performing lots kept separate as microlots. Once the sale is completed with the end buyer, SEGEC pay a premium to the producers that is a percentage of the premium SEGEC receive. SEGEC also invest heavily in farmer training to ensure the pickers and farm owners bring only the ripest cherries to the station. The bonus payment works to ensure the trainings are adhered to as they can amount to a significant portion a producer’s yearly income.
This lot is the premium washed process from the Mpanga farm. This coffee is intense and fruity with hints of orange and milk chocolate.