Burundi Collines Rugabano

Burundi Collines Rugabano

Farm Description

This is one of several lots we picked up through a relatively new private washing station in Muyinga Province. The station itself is in a valley of sorts surrounded by several hill tops where the coffee comes from. "Collines Rugabano" just means "Rugabano Hill" - collines being a Roasted Coffee Pictorial Guide. ">French word. Burundi was once part of "Ruanda-Urundi" before gaining independence in the 1960's, and was occupied by Belgium. French is still the main language spoken in much of the country. This station does great work separating lots according to daily deliveries, and this lot is actually a blend of three hills - Rugabano, Rusheri, and Mukunguza. These three hills span an altitude range of 1700 to 1800 meters, and farms are planted in Bourbon. Farmers live as far as 10 km from the station, and bike is a popular means of delivery (check out the bike in the photo below). The sort is really clean, the occasional split/pulper nicked beans, and minor insect damage, but very small occurrences. We only roasted about 300 grams so far, only a couple partial quakers in the bunch, and no potato cups so far!

This coffee is part of our Farm Gate pricing program.

Cupping Notes

Rugabano is a fairly dense coffee, being Bourbon grown at relatively high altitude, and most noticeable in the gentle snaps of 1st crack without having to pull back on the heat. We did a City+ and Full City roast in our sample roaster, and both quite different cup profiles when tasted next to each other, but both centrally themed around buttery caramel flavors and baking spice top notes. The wet grounds of City+ roasts are near floral, not hit-you-over-the-head jasmine, but like dried wild flowers or floral infused caramels. The cup shows flavors of burned sugar and cinnamon, like a coffee cake crust. It's a sweet cup, City+ has heaps of brown sugar and sweetened black tea. Hints of grape come through as the cup cools and also define the acidity. Full City has smokey chocolate flavors, a touch of hickory chips, and nice cacao richness in the finish. I ran the dark roast through our espresso machine and the shot was viscous, heavy chocolate/70% cacao bar, and a nice berry brightness.



Lot Size

41 x 60 KG Bags

Roast Recommendations

City to Full City+; truly does well at a wide roast range


Wet Process



Grade & Appearance

.3 d/300g - 15+ screen


Shipped to us in GrainPro
Bookmark and Share
This coffee has sold out. The review is provided for reference purposes only.

Hand sorting out under ripe cherry

Filled drying beds at the station


Further Green Coffee Offerings

Tam Efriqa SWP Decaf African Blend

Tam Efriqa is a dual-use decaf blend, all three ingredients shining stars of our most recent custom decafs processed by Swiss Water. From City to Full City, the level of sweetness runs high, a...

Espresso Workshop #42 -Blue Forty Two

If you liked #41, Afiliate Romano, you're sure to be a fan of Blue Forty Two. Like I laid out above, this is an espresso ...

Espresso Workshop #43 -Pico y Placa

All three ingredients used in Pico y Placa are capable of producing incredibly rich chocolate notes when roasted to Full City and beyond, each bringing their own unique set of top notes to...