Burundi Matongo Buramiro

Burundi Matongo Buramiro

Farm Description

This coffee comes from the cooperative, "Mpemba", situated between the towns of Matongo and Buramiro. Mpemba acts as a collection post for cooperative members from these towns, where they sell their coffee, and where the coffee is processed. Mpemba is just one of several cooperatives under a much larger association who operate in the Kayanza district of Burundi. Intensive hand-sorting of the coffee is implemented right from the start. From cherry delivery to the drying parchment, groups of workers hover over the coffee picking out coffees with signs of 'defect'. We bought two lots from Mpemba this year, and were impressed by several of the samples we cupped and a visit to the station back in late 2014. This lot is specifically for Coffee Shrub and is a total of 38 bags.

This coffee is part of our Farm Gate pricing program.

Cupping Notes

The dry fragrance has an intoxicating mix of buttery sugar, baking spices, and tea-like florals. Spiced elements continue to bloom with the wetted coffee, and an emerging floral sugar note shows in the steam on the break. The cup is brisk, aspects of black tea and lemon promote a 'refreshing' aspect in the cup as well tie together a deep brown sugar sweetness with a smattering of top notes. In our City roast, we found notes of floral sugars, cranberry juice, tangelo, and green grape as the coffee cooled. This is an agreeable coffee in the roaster too, easily developed bourbon sweetness from City to Full City roast levels (for brewed coffee). Passing Full City you risk roast-eclipsed complexity - though drawing out this last leg will bode well for espresso, taming acidity, and developing a chocolatey sweetness.

Score

87.9

Lot Size

35 x 60 KG Bags

Roast Recommendations

City to Full City for brewed coffee; FC to FC+ works great for espresso.

Processing

Wet Process

Varietal

Bourbon    

Grade & Appearance

A1; .6d/300gr, 15+ Screen

Packaging

Shipped to us in GrainPro
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Ripening Bourbon shrub in Burundi

Massive raised beds, drying parchment coffee in Burundi

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Soaking tanks at the mill
 

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