Burundi Muyinga Collines SWP Decaf

Burundi Muyinga Collines SWP Decaf

Farm Description

This is a custom blend of coffees from two cooperatives in the Muyinga province of Burundi. Both stations were built about five years ago, and are situated near a mountain-fed stream, which gains them great access to clean water for processing coffee. They've also installed a state of the art filtration system to handle the water post-processing, in order to put clean water back into the ecosystem. These coffee processing stations are situated around two hillside villages where the coffee is collected. The folks at this station buy cherry from several "collines" - Roasted Coffee Pictorial Guide. ">French for hill tops - in the surrounding area. Coffee is delivered by bike or by foot, one bag at a time. Water process decaf means no chemicals are used, only water to swell the beans, separate caffeine, leaving much of the volatile compounds that affect aroma and taste intact. Decaf drinkers should enjoy fresh, hight quality coffee too!

This coffee is part of our Farm Gate pricing program.

Cupping Notes

Baking spice notes line the aromatic profile, which is right in line with the non-decaf counterpart. The dry fragrance has a malty sweetness, burned sugar bittersweetness, and a dusting of dry spice. The wet aroma is very nice, and dare I say syrupy sweet. Don't get me wrong it has the malt and roasted grain smells that I associate with decaf coffees. But there's a dark sugar sweetness at the core making the cup quite enticing. Our City+ roast had a pleasant bittersweet cocoa flavor that reminds me of cinnamon-spiced, Mexican dark chocolate. It cools with interesting accents of banana chips and Ovaltine powder showing in the long finish. Inky body found at Full City is matched by an incredibly dense chocolate flavor, like 85% cacao bar with the bittering of ground cacao nibs, sweetness of dried currants, and flecks of cinnamon spice. Decaffeination can really mute a coffees complexity, and though I think it does to some extent here, origin characteristics are well represented across the roast spectrum. Let this one rest for 24 hours and you'll be rewarded, as it tastes a bit flat right out of the roaster. City+ is always a good starting point with decaf coffees, obfuscating some of the "bready" aromatics that come with decaffeination.

Score

86.3

Lot Size

57 x 60kg bags

Roast Recommendations

City+ to Full City+; darker roasting brings out bittersweetness and makes for a nice espresso.

Processing

Wet Process

Varietal

Bourbon    

Grade & Appearance

A1; .4 d/300gr, 15-17 screen

Packaging

Shipped to us in GrainPro
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Available in 50 pound GrainPro packages for $277.00 ($5.54/pound) and in 100 pound GrainPro packages for $539.00 ($5.39/pound). Note that 100 pound bags must ship freight. Also available as a 300g sample.
Sampling FAQs

Bucket of ripe cherry at the delivery station

This one's been pruned many times; newer growth/ancient stump

"Coffee bikes"; transportation in style at the mill

Hanging around the drying beds at the coffee processing site
 

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