New Coffee Release: Burundi Kiryama Hill
Nestled in the heart of East Africa, Burundi is an oft forgotten, yet fascinating coffee origin. This coffee from a collection of farmers who grow on Kiryama Hill features a simple syrup-like sweetness and velvety notes of milk chocolate give this coffee a lingering sweetness. It also maintains a gentle, yet charming acidity like other coffees from Burundi. Its stone fruit-like flavors of peach and ripe cherry set this coffee apart.
ALTITUDE: 1500-1700 masl
VARIETY: RED BOURBON
MILK CHOCOLATE, STONE FRUIT, PEACH, RIPE CHERRY
Kiryama Hill is one of three hills surrounding the Karambo washing station in the Muyinga province of Northern Burundi. The Karambo station and its ownership group are committed to quality for both the coffee they produce and the lives of the farmers who provide their cherries.
This past harvest season, farmers who worked with Karambo received a premium of 20% over the local market rate which helped them to produce high-quality lots so that they could fetch higher prices for their coffees. The producers at Karambo also grow bananas, maize, cassava, and beans, increasing biodiversity and bringing in extra income for the collective members./p>
Roughly 250 farmers local to Kiryama deliver their cherries to Karambo for post-harvest processing. Coffee in this region is a major contribution to household income, providing funds for medical needs, education, transportation, and the physical needs of the home and farm. By providing access to a nearby station and a network of specialty importers and roasters, the team behind the Karambo station is ensuring a positive impact for the farmers and their communities.
This coffee was harvested from a collection of farmers whose coffees grow on Kiryama Hill. Like most coffees produced in Burundi, it is the Red Bourbon variety. After the coffee is harvested, it is delivered to Karambo, sorted for cherry quality, and goes through the stages of the washing process. Next, it is dried on raised beds, allowing for more air circulation which results in this coffee’s distinct flavor profile. This lot maintains a gentle, yet charming acidity like other coffees from Burundi. Its stone fruit-like flavors of peach and ripe cherry set this coffee apart.