APRICOT JAM, CREAM SODA, BAKING SPICES + NECTARINE
Burundi is back on our menu for a limited time. We picked up 2 incredible lots this year and this is the first. Complex with fresh fruit sweetness and delicate spice notes. Throw in some florals and we have an amazing coffee. Flavors of apricot jam, cream soda, baking spices, and nectarine.
ORIGIN: Kayanza, Burundi
ELEVATION: 1600-2000 masl
VARIETY: Heirloom Bourbon
PROCESS: Fully washed and dried on raised beds
TASTING NOTES: Apricot jam, cream soda, baking spices and nectarine.
ROAST TYPE: Light
Gahahe Station is a coffee cherry collection site located in Kayanza, Burundi's northern province that borders neighboring Rwanda. Farmers grow mostly older bourbon types, the original coffee cultivar introduced to the area in the 1930s by Catholic monks traveling from the island of Reunion. Gahehe sits at just over 1800 meters above sea level and is a collection site for roughly 600 local farmers who are also coop members. As members, they are organized into small groups who receive training in best agricultural practices, seedlings to continue to help increase coffee production, and benefit from access to the global specialty coffee market. Gahahe was built in the mid 1980s, a time when the World Bank was investing heavily in Burundi's coffee sector, building out washing stations like this one to serve the surrounding coffee communities, outfitted with a eco-pulping Penagos for processing coffee cherry. More recently they've come under the direction of a Burundi coffee investment group who are able to offer this coffee, as well as a few others we've purchased (Yandaro, and Kibingo to name a couple), agronomical assistance to station members, regular maintenance of washing station equipment and drying beds, and management teams who follow the coffee deliveries from cherry selection, to keeping lots separated by quality tiers. Since partnering with this group, several of the stations have seen top placement in Burundi coffee competitions, including Gahahe placing 4th in the 2015 Burundi CoE, and 7th the year prior.