Up-front with sweetness, with fresh fruit flavors of red apple and Asian pear are tasted in light roasts, along with a taste of caramel candies. This is a complex coffee with a nice pointed malic acidity that is refreshing. More developed roasts have big chocolate flavors and there's a black tea element in the finish. This is a versatile coffee, bodied, and does extremely well in both brewed and espresso applications. City+ to Full City+.
Gitaba is another washing station under Sogestal Kirimiro. As you may know from our other Burundi reviews, the Sogestal system is a cooperative movement of sorts set up in Burundi to assist local farmers with the necessary tools to help increase production, set up washing stations adequate for clean coffee processing, and to help the local communities. All this is supported by gaining the farmers access to the global coffee market and securing competitive prices for coffee cherry based on quality. Sogestal Kirimiro is fairly large, with 15,000 members and over 40 washing stations. They do a great job with lot separation, allowing coffee buyers the opportunity to select out smaller, quality lots before they are blended together. The average altitude for Gitaba is 1650 - 1700 meters and they are part of a group of stations that process coffees of 33 farmer members. It's a first for us to have access to this level of lot separation, and we're very pleased with the uniqueness from station to station. These lots are all Bourbon stock, and this is expressed in the cup as a sweet, bodied, and balanced cup. It's a whopping 12 bags: ready, set, go!
Gitaba makes a great drinking coffee with nice balance and cleanliness when brewed as a pour over. The dry grounds have a sweet scent of dry 5-spice, with a hint of dry wildflowers. There's a smell of raw granulated sugar, and potent honey note in Full City roasts. The wetted crust smells crystalline sweet, with butterscotch, caramel, a note of jasmine tea, and breaking the crust lets off a tantalizing smell of honey and blackberry - so nice. This coffee is up-front with sweetness. Fresh fruit flavors of red apple and Asian pear are tasted in light roasts, along with a taste of caramel candies. The acidity is very refreshing and on the malic side of things. City+ roasts have the most depth and complexity, with spiced orange pekoe tea and a honeyed mouthfeel. Full City is ultra sweet, continuing the theme of malic fruits, and begins to build a big of dark chocolate syrup as well. Both our roasts had a real nice tea-tannin mouthfeel response in the finish. This coffee is fairly versatile in the roaster (I would personally steer clear of 2nd crack), and with a sweetness, body, and balanced acidity, makes for versatility in brew method as well.