Burundi

Rama Washing Station

Flavours of rich chocolate, green grape, soft florals
Body     Acidity

Emmanuel Ngendakumana manages the washing station in the Rama village of Kayanza, Burundi. This washing station is particularly driven to produce quality. After harvesting, the coffee is depulped the same day and fermented underwater for 18–24 hours. Then the coffee is washed and spread out to dry on raised beds for an average of 20 days, weather conditional.

Due to the small size and yield on the average coffee farm or plot, washing stations are the primary point of purchase for us in Burundi. Unlike other coffee-growing regions in Central and South America where landholdings are slightly larger and coffee-centric resources are more available, most producers do not have space on their property or the financial means to do their wet- or dry-milling.

Instead, the majority of growers deliver cherry to a facility that does sorting, blending, and post- harvest processing of day lots to create different offerings.

What makes up Burundi Rama Washing Station?

Varietals

Bourbon varietal

A natural mutation of the Typica varietal, Bourbon is named after Reunion Island (then known as Il Bourbon) where the French cultivated Typica plants, that naturally mutated.

Jackson varietal

The varieties known as Jackson, Kent, Coorg, and Mysore—all originating from the same region in India—are most likely late descendant of the first coffee seeds out of Yemen brought to India by Baba Budan in 1670. Recent genetic tests have confirmed that Jackson is related to the Bourbon genetic group.

The location

Coffee from Burundi

Coffee first arrived in Burundi in the 1920s while the country was still under Belgian colonial rule. Since the civil war in 1993 Burundi has placed a great importance on growing the coffee industry and the flow on effects that will have on the country’s economy.

Farm processes

Washed process

Machines are used to remove the flesh from the coffee cherry before being fermented in water, washed again, and finally sun dried. This process tends to result in more distinct, cleaner flavours.

Coffee delivery: coffee in resealable bag and farm information card

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