Burundi is a small, landlocked country, neighbouring Rwanda, Tanzania, and the DRC, where coffee is a hugely important part of the economy. In such a poor nation (Burundi's GDP is one of the lowest in Africa), specialty coffee exports are a vital source of income, and the potential of the coffee-growing areas are significant.
There's a similarity in terrain to neighbouring Rwanda, but the logistical challenges are just as difficult, albeit with a less well-developed export system. Up to 3,800 farmers supply the Kinyovu mill, directly, or via one of several collection points set up in the local area. The cherries are processed via the fully washed method, and dried on raised beds. After the dry mill, they then face a week's journey by road, across three countries, before they reach the port to be loaded on its onward journey.
Ed & Chris have been tasting coffees from Burundi for the last 10 years, and we're so pleased to showcase this beautiful coffee from the Kayanza region. The sun will be shining in the sky when this is in your cup; we taste a sparkling raspberry acidity, with some red grape sweetness, and then a real candy-marshmallow finish. It will work in almost any brew method - plenty of fruit, delightfully sweet, and with a lovely crisp balance.