Mixed dried fruits and zesty orange with dark berries. Best suited to filter styles but would make a super fruity tangy espresso.
It's the time of year for fresh crop coffees from Burundi and we were lucky enough to score this winner from our import partner Raw Material.
Mubuga coffee washing station serves smallholder farmers in the surrounding hills of Gitega Province. Farmers have the option of taking their harvest directly to the station, or to be sold at one of a few locally placed collection points. Delivery of cherry wherever it is dropped off begins with weight checks, alongside flotation of a small sample of the bag’s cherries. Low density (floating) cherry is deemed unsuitable for specialty export, but is processed regardless, and sold as a lower grade coffee.
High density cherry is then taken to be sorted by hand, visually looking for defects that will affect flavour. This natural lot is then moved to the raised beds, to dry slowly, with consistent airflow and rotation by the station staff. To ensure a consistent temperature and humidity, the cherry is covered during rainfall, the high sun, and at night.