Kirema Washing Station is located in Kayanza town, in the province of Kayanza. About 3,800 producers deliver cherry to the station, either directly or to one of 35 different local collection points. Due to the small size and yield on the average coffee farm or plot, washing stations are the primary point of purchase 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. Farmers here own less than half a hectare of land, on average, and in addition to growing coffee, they also grow crops like bananas, beans, yams, taro, and cassava, both for sale and for household use. Because of that the majority of Growers deliver cherry to a facility that does sorting, blending, and post-harvest processing of day lots to create different offerings.
Although Burundi shares some similarities with neighbouring Rwanda in regard to its coffee history, grown varieties and processing methods, we find their coffees quite distinct with Burundi displaying crisp, refreshing acidity and a light, complex cup that come directly from the ground on which the coffees are grown.
Considering the amount of work and extra steps involved in the process, we at Manifesto Coffee couldn't be happier to offer this fantastic fruit of their labour. In the cup we found a lovely acidity reminding us of kiwi fruits, with a light, juicy body and a hint of nutmeg as well as a smooth finish bringing cocoa nibs to mind.
Please note: Please specify the grind you would like to receive in ther personalisation field. If no choice is made, whole bean coffee will be sent.
Tasting Notes: Kiwi, cacao nibs, nutmeg
Variety: Mibirizi, Jackson, Bourbon
Grower: Many small farmholders
Farm: Kirema Washing Station
Altitude: 1880 masl