One of my favourite jobs is the evaluation of a coffee. Before any of our coffees go live, I spend a good hour or two, having worked on a profile of choice, we then work out how to brew it in a way that works with the roast. For a lot of people, it wouldn’t make sense to have 3 coffees with the same process in the roastery at the same time. For us, we know that there are a few customers out there that also want to see a variety. I think in many ways our business is all about subtle differences until you get a show stopper and we have a list of them this year.
Washing Station: Murami Hill
Varietal: Red Bourbon
Process; Fully washed and dried on raised beds.
Altitude: 1700-1900 Meters above sea level
Ownership: many small farms
Location: Mwaro Province, Central Highlands, Burundi
Roast; Medium Filter, makes great juicy espresso too.
Aromatics: Citric| Body: Creamy| Acidity: Bright and orange|
Wow, where to start! It turns out that this coffee was such a hard coffee to call the profile on. With a little more roast development this coffee became like a dark chocolate orange, with a little almond. On cooling, the coffee sweetened up and the depth of chocolate emerged. This is in no way a dark filter.
In espresso: The shots are surprisingly complex. Super limey and bright, floral and spicey, with a savoury almond factor. It’s a brave choice for a home espresso brewer. In milk lots of lactic sugars and in flat white, there is lots of juicy fruit with the right extraction. 17-18g into 35/36g of espresso (AKA1:2) 30-40 Seconds.
This coffee comes from Murambi Coffee washing station (CWS). This is one of two washing stations operated by Murambi, in the central highlands of Burundi. The coffees bought by the CWS are from many smallholder farms and everything is red bourbon, which tends to thrive in both the altitude and soil. Our connection to this coffee is these mills have been working with two young brits who are carving a sustainable future, by paying more at source than their commercial predecessors.
Lead Farmer from this lot:
Elie Barantanda. Elie has seven children and 6 grandchildren. Last season he sold some 700Kgs of cherry to the Mill, from his 1400 trees.