Burundi Mutara Hill Natural Bourbon / Jackson
In the cup you've got blackcurrants and liquorice covered in booze! There's plenty of dark chocolate, and then a little dried fruit on the finish that - for me - tastes of Medjool dates.
This coffee is from the Cafex washing station located in the north of Burundi, in the province of Kirundo. The washing station is on the Mutura hills at an altitude of 1,450 metres above sea level (m.a.s.l.). The coffee that's processed at the station comes from hills that are at an altitude between 1,450 and 1,750 m.a.s.l.
The washing station is a private, family-run business. The owner is passionate about coffee; he wanted to make his European and Burundian cultural background benefit the Burundian coffee farming community, and so to help offer great Burundian coffees to the world. The washing station is managed by qualified and trained staff to maximise the quality of the coffee throughout the processing chain.
We've searched for a long time to find great Burundian coffee, and we were so very happy when we came across this coffee. Each year samples of Burundian coffee would arrive, and we were just not happy with the quality. I knew great Burundi coffees – like this one – existed, because I had tasted them from other roasters, but we just couldn't find the coffee for us ... until this one arrived! Boom!
This coffee comes from the varietals Bourbon and Jackson (which is a Bourbon cultivation found primarily in Rwanda and Burundi), and it's the first time I have found anyone doing naturally processed lots from this area.
In the cup you've got blackcurrants and liquorice covered in booze! There's plenty of dark chocolate, and then a little dried fruit on the finish that – for me – tastes of Medjool dates.
- Country: Burundi
- Region: northern
- City: Kirundo
- Farm: Cafex
- Farmer: cooperative
- Altitude: 1,450–1,750 m.a.s.l.
- Washing station: Mutara hills station
- Washing station altitude: 1,450 m.a.s.l.
- Processing method: Natural
- Varietal: Bourbon and Jackson
Blackcurrant, liquorice, boozy, dark chocolate, dried fruit, Medjool date.
Clean cup: (1–8): 6
Sweetness: (1–8): 6
Acidity: (1–8): 6
Mouthfeel: (1–8): 7
Flavour: (1–8): 8
Aftertaste: (1–8): 7
Balance: (1–8): 6
Overall: (1–8): 7
Correction: (+36): +36
Total: (max. 100): 89
Medium dark – just up to second, but no more.
"Quick Look" Guide
Blackcurrant, liquorice, boozy, dark chocolate, dried fruit, Medjool dates.