We've been roasting coffee from Burundi since 2005 when local missionaries were bringing it back in suitcases. Michigan State University began a project to rebuild their washing stations which are almost exclusively run by women after the genocide. The coffee has come a long way as producers have learned best practices and begun fetching specialty prices for what was once a commodity crop. Coffees continue to shine, with sparkling acidity and regal balance rivaling the best Kenyas and Rwandas.
Producer: Kigobe (Kalico Coop)
Cultivar: Bourbon, Jackson, Mibrizi
Taste: Floral aroma, orangey acidity, complex fruit notes