Dusangirijambo Coop is perched on Mururui hill in Sogestal Kayanza, northern Burundi. The cooperative came into fruition about 6 years ago, serving farmer members in the Mururi area through buying and processing the local coffee. We came across there coffee 2 years ago, via a cooperative union in the region. The union helps the individual regional coops with everything from building coffee washing stations, providing agronomical support, preparing coffee for export at a central dry milling facility, and eventually linking the finished product to an international market. Dusangirijambo is outfitted with a de-pulping station where they receive daily deliveries from the surrounding small farmers. The coffees are de-pulped, fermented and soaked under water, then laid to dry on raised wire beds that help facilitate airflow and even-drying as a result. The station itself sits at 1650 meters above sea level, and the high part of the hill we drove in on peaked at 1880 meters.
Smells of fruit and bittersweetness are released in the ground coffee, dried cranberry and toasted raw sugar in City roasts, blackberry leaf tea and chocolate brownie at Full City. Somehow the fruited smells in the dry fragrance fall away when adding hot water, a mingling of unrefined sugars taking over, some herbal and spice overtones released in the steam. Light roasting yields a cup that's tea-like, like Lipton black tea with sugar, a mix of simple syrup-like sweetness with tannic bittersweetness. A dark currant note comes up as you move through the cup, and acidity is brisk, also characteristic of black tea. But trust me, we are talking about coffee, and it's the near perfect balance of sweet and bitter flavors -
core coffee characteristics - that define this coffee's essence. For me, City+ is a near perfect cup, layered sweetness, subtle bittersweet cocoa flavors, and acidity that leaves a lemon-like impression on your palate. Not overly bright/citric, but more like the understated tartness of a sweet glass of lemonade. City to City+ is the recommended roast range, but our Full City roast was decent too, though much of the complexity is traded out for smokey cocoa roast tone.