Tasting Notes: Pomegranate, Blackberry, Grapefruit
From the Kigobe washing station in northern Burundi, this coffees champions all the qualities we look for in natural African lots. With complex fruit flavors like pomegranate, blackberry, and grapefruit, one thing is clear-- this coffee has the acidity to get your attention. Round that out with the buttery mouthfeel and satisfying clarity known to Burundi's coffees and you've got a real winner.
Angèle Ciza, CEO of Kahawa (“coffee” in Swahili) Company, a leader in sustainability and women's empowerment in Burundi. This woman-owned business focuses on creating good coffee by using best practices in farming and harvesting, but also believes in operating in a way that provides social benefits to farm workers as well. This is achieved by investment in additional training, environmental protection, social infrastructure, and cost-sharing reductions for producers. For Ciza, investing in those who grow coffee, especially women, is essential to further developing the coffee industry in Burundi and around the world.
What is the Natural Process?
The Natural process is a sun-dried process that involves the drying of cherries whole without the additional use of any other materials, including water for washing or machines for depulping. (Hence the term "natural!) Before the coffee is dried, it is harvested from the trees, floated in water, then sorted to remove any fruits that are not up to standard. From there, the sun-drying begins.