Burundi Sogestal Kirundo
Roast Color: Medium/Dark
Prep: Washed and kiln-dried
Body: Heavy, Syrupy
Flavor Profile: Old-world, Robust Coffee, with hints of rustic sassafras and round, sweet stone fruits.
Cupping Notes: There's an exotic and deeply enjoyable aroma of toasted walnuts in the dry fragrance. Volcanic ash and lowland agriculture has produced considerable depth in this brew, with dark fruits, plum, prune, and liquorish.
This is one of the wilder African varietals we've ever had in the shop. I've been astonished at how delicious, dry, and smokey it is. I love African coffees because I never know what to expect and, while sharing boundaries with Rwanda and Tanzania is an indicator of the kind of coffee to expect, this is exceptionally washed, resulting in a consistent, syrupy cup of herbal magic. This is a coffee filled with Mediterranean spice with caramelized sugar qualities, unlike your traditional African coffee profile.
Located in the Congo Watershed - situated between Rwanda, Tanzania, and the Democratic Republic of Congo - this coffee is grown from the same volcanic ash and lowland agricultural soil as most of the region's cash crops. The first arabica coffee tree in Burundi was introduced by the Belgians in the early 1930s and has been growing in the country ever since. Coffee cultivation is an entirely a small family-farm based activity with over 800,000 families directly involved in coffee farming. Customarily, each farmer tends only about 50 to 250 trees, with a total acreage of 60,000 hectares planted in the whole country.
Unlike most coffee-producing countries, Burundi is a land-locked nation, and the presence of this coffee on our shelves is little short of miraculous, and a warm illustration of a troubled nation on the verge of renewed growth and prosperity - exactly what we would hope our purchase of raw beans would support.