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Burundi - Murambi hill Washed

Size: 250g
Grind: Whole Bean

Burundi - Murambi Hill Washed

Burundi Migoti Hill Coffee

Varietal –  Red Bourbon
Preparation – Washed
Location – Mutambu
Altitude – 1600+ masl
Importer - Omwani Coffee Co,

Thanks to Omwani Coffee for sourcing this fantastic coffee and for the information written below:

This washing station operates in a region referred to as Migoti Mountain, in Mutambu Commune of Bujumbura Province, 30 km from the centre of Bujumbura. Coffee farming and production began in Burundi in the early 1900s under Belgian colonial rule, where farmers were forced to grow coffee, the produce was bought and processed by the state and coffee was exported primarily to Europe. The sector was privatized in the 1960s, followed by state control from 1976 to 1991, and then a new wave of privatization beginning in 1991.

After the civil war in the 1990s, coffee has slowly emerged as a means to rebuild the agrarian sector and to increase foreign exchange, with an increase in investment and a somewhat healthy balance of both privately and state-run coffee companies. However, following the political crisis of 2015 and the subsequent economic crash, the coffee sector has struggled to meet the expectations and potential to stimulate the economic growth of Burundi. Burundi is among the smallest coffee-producing countries in East Africa, with a population of 10.5 million that is endowed with ideal conditions for coffee production: elevations of 1500 - 2000 m, Arabica Bourbon coffee trees, abundant rainfall, and approximately 800,000 families who cultivate an average of 150- 200 coffee trees per farm. Arabica coffee now represents virtually 100% of Burundi’s national production and the bourbon variety grown at high elevations in Burundi is characteristically “sweet with bright acidity, big body, floral, citrus and spiced with wild notes.” Over the past 25 years, coffee production in Burundi has averaged 26,700 tons per year

Burundi Migoti Hill coffee

In 2016 Migoti Coffee Company built a coffee washing station at Migoti Mountain, partnering with industry experts who provided technical expertise. Coffee trees are owned by the community, and Migoti purchase the coffee cherries directly from the farmers who harvest and deliver the cherries to our station. Over 300 tons of green coffee was produced and exported from Migoti Mountain in 2017, 2018 and 2019 coffee seasons. These harvests have received excellent cupping scores, frequently placing it as some of the best speciality coffee coming from Burundi. The washing station is operated by a local team of ten permanent staff and over 250 temporary workers who are employed during the coffee season from March to June. This particular lot has been separated and produced from farmers located on the Murambi hill. 

Burundi coffee drying on tables

The station manager, Zephyrin Banzubaze, is responsible for managing all of the staff to train coffee farmers, receive and select coffee cherries, process the coffee, oversee the coffee drying process, store and mill the dry parchment coffee and prepare the final green coffee for export. The majority of the temporary staff are women, who work mainly on the raised drying tables, regularly turning the coffee as it dries and removing defective beans that compromise the coffee quality. Migoti also assist farmers through ongoing education to prune and properly care for coffee trees, intercrop, plant shade trees, utilize green fertilizers, stabilize soils and natural pest control. The expectation is that by following best farming practices the farmers can increase the yields from their coffee trees by five- to ten-fold.

Tasting Notes:

This is a great example of a bright, clean and juicy washed processed Burundi coffee. We find this coffee has wonderful notes of cherry, maple sweetness, orange and rich dark chocolate

 

Brewing:

This coffee works well for all brew methods. 

Filter: Dose 15g, water 250g. 

Espresso: Dose 17 gram to 40 gram yield over about 30 seconds. 

This coffee is available as wholebean and pre ground but we recommend always grinding fresh before brewing. We sell a range of grinders if you would like to grind this coffee fresh at home. 

    Customer Reviews

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    Derek
    Really impressed

    This was my first taste of coffee from Burundi but I found it to be really enjoyable.
    A really pleasing balance of sweetness and acidity, at least when brewed on the April brewer. The tasting notes were good.
    Would not hesitate to buy again.

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    Brian
    Favourite coffee

    My favourite coffee of the year!

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    SU
    Tasty coffee

    Wonderful balance of (fruity) sweetness and acidity.

    M
    Matt Jennett
    Delicious

    This is bang on the flavour notes the aroma is intoxicating love it.

    J
    Jon Lovegrove

    Burundi - Migoti Hills Washed

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