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Burundi Nkanda

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A silky and classic washed coffee from Burundi.  Our first release from this part of the country. We're hoping to continue to grow our offerings here!  Flavors of vanilla cream, cola, sweet spice, and yellow tea.


ORIGIN: Nkanda Colline, Burundi
ELEVATION: 1720-1900 masl
VARIETY: Heirloom Bourbon
PROCESS: Fully washed and dried on raised tables for 15-20 days 
TASTING NOTES: Vanilla cream, cola, sweet spice, and yellow tea.

Farm Level

Burundi Nkanda: A Unique Partnership in Ngozi Province

Pierre Nzeyimana and Nkanda Washing Station have been partners with Homage since 2017. The partnership was established with the goal of discovering producers who create amazing quality coffee in underserved areas of Burundi and lack consistent, relationally invested partners in the market.

Location and Terroir:
- Province: Ngozi
- Soil Type: Hard, rocky, laterite soil (distinct from Kayanza's rich, sandy, red clay soil)
- Impact on Flavor: Dense coffees that take heat well, showcasing a bigger profile with juicy body and heaviness, cola and cocoa sweetness, stone fruit, and citric acidity

Unique Qualities of Ngozi Coffee:
- Often overlooked by buyers who favor the densely populated Kayanza region
- Typically considered for blender types and less sparkly cups
- Nkanda's work and unique soil conditions challenge this perception

Nkanda Washing Station:
- Produces solid and classic fully washed coffees
- Separates coffee by hill and community, honoring microclimates
- Core contributing communities: Nyankurazo, Cumba, Maramvya, Kamira, and Nkanda (homebase)
- Management: Pierre and his three adult sons run the washing station, overseeing various parts of the process

Community Impact:
- The Nzeyimana family plays a significant role in supporting local smallholder farmers
- Their approach goes beyond business, emphasizing the importance of farming culture in the community

Partnership Growth:
Homage expresses gratitude for the continued partnership with PROCASTA Nkanda, noting growth in:
- Export volume
- Quality
- Joint improvements

Brewing great coffee at home can be easy.  The essential tools are critical to making it happen.  They include:
  • Filtered water.  Spring water is ideal.  Removing chloride, sulfur, and iron is essential.
  • A burr grinder.  The more even the coffee particles, the better the coffee.  Burr grinders, whether manual or electric, will do a better job than "whirly-blade" grinders.  Invest in a burr grinder.  Your taste buds (and coffee roaster) will thank you.
  • A scale.  I know using a scale can seem a bit like you're doing something you shouldn't be.  Trust me, you can only brew consistently great coffee with a scale.  Water and coffee are hard to measure without one.
  • Clean equipment.  Properly cleaning your equipment is the only way to avoid stale and rancid coffee flavors entering your cup.  Please keep your equipment clean.  The sooner and more often you clean your gear, the easier it will be in the long run.  Add it to your ritual and thank us later.
  • Delicious and freshly roasted Color Coffee
Now that you have the tools, the rest is easy.  There are infinite numbers of ways to brew coffee.  Here are some of our favorites, with links to coffee professionals who we admire and trust:


In many cases, yes. However, our first priority is quality and flavor. Sometimes these priorities align and our producers are certified organic and/or fair trade. We always pay well above fair trade rates (which are quite low and don’t guarantee sustainability or quality).

Often times, the producers we work with are too small to gain certifications. It’s expensive and laborious. Many of our producers are certified organic and fair trade, including many of our producers in Peru, Ethiopia, and Mexico.


We recommend drinking our coffee within one month of the roast date. Most of our coffees taste best however within 2 - 14 days of roast date.

For espresso, we recommend using coffee that has rested at least 7 days after roast date. This is because coffee gives off CO2 after roasting that can interfere with extraction. One way to get around this is to let your ground espresso dose sit for 30-120 minutes before pulling the shot. Email for more questions about this.

If you are pre-grinding the coffee, we recommend drinking the coffee within one week of grinding.


Yes, we can. Please select how you want your coffee to be ground at the time you place your order. Simply click on the arrow beside "Grind" and make your selection. If you need help choosing let us know the brewing method you will be using to prepare the coffee, in the notes of the order. And we will be happy to grind the coffee for you on our commercial grinder.


These are in the works! We are compiling a bunch and even shooting some video, to help you brew like us at home.

In the meantime...go here: Pour Overs Aeropress to get some expert advice.


A weak brew could the result of a couple things.  First of all, you want to make sure you're using the proper amount of water and coffee.  If you use too much water or not enough coffee, you won't be able to get the strength you need.  A digital scale will ensure you can get the measurements right.  Start with 1 gram of coffee to 16 grams of water and adjust to taste!
The second problem could be a grind size that is too course.  If the coffee bits are too big, you won't be able to pull enough flavor out and the brew will taste weak.  In general for drip coffee, the grind size should be the size of beach sand.  You can also use the brew time to help judge if you're grind is correct.  Most brewing methods should take between 3 and 5 minutes.  If it's going faster than this, it's likely your grind size isn't fine enough.  Grind finer and taste it!
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