Cane juice sweetness, with notes of dried cherry, orange tea, graham cracker, and a tart lemon accent. Floral and raspberry leaf hints mark the finish. Big body in the darker roast levels. City to Full City+. Great for espresso.
This coffee is from a private washing station located in the Mutambu area of Bujumbura Province. The station is a collection site for more than 3,000 farmers in the hillsides, small-holder farms, many are much less than 1 hectare of cultivated land adjacent to their homes. Coffee cherry is hand-picked, then delivered to the station where it is fully washed, fermented, and then dried on raised beds. Hand sorting is a major factor of quality control, starting with the freshly picked cherry, and ending at the dry mill. Growing altitudes range from about 1400 to 1900 meters at the highest peaks. Like most of the region, Bourbon is the dominant varietal grown. You can pull quite a bit of sweetness out of these little beans, and we found this coffee to be very responsive to heat adjustments, our roasts never getting away from us. The color tone is uniform too, even in light roasting, making this a fairly easy coffee to roast in so far as judging roast level by color shade. If darker roasting is your preference and you are able to adjust heat settings, try dropping the heat at first crack just enough to slow roast development without stopping it altogether. Stretching the roast can help to tone down any ashy flavors that may come from too much heat during 1st cracks, and increasing sugar caramelization in the process.