Burundi Shembati Fully Washed 15+ Lot 38 is sourced from family-owned farms organized around the Coffee Processing Company (CPC), which was established in 2010 by Salum Ramadhan who was born and raised in the Kayanza province, Burundi. Salum operates four washing stations in Kayanza. All four stations reflect Salum’s passion for coffee and his commitment to his community.
Lots are meticulously separated and fully traceable to harvest date and washing station. Each lot is classified through a strict protocol that includes hand sorting and floating the cherry. Depulped coffee undergoes a three-part fermentation process, 16 hours of dry fermentation, then another 14 hours of fermentation with water, and then washed and soak in fresh water for 10 hours.
Salum pays well above the government minimum for cherry and pays farmers extra to sort cherry. He also encourages the farmers to keep and process unused cherry for personal consumption or to sell in the local market. Salum has a nursery program to distribute seedlings to farmers. He has also been paying to build additional classrooms to alleviate problems with overcrowding in the schools.
Tasting Notes: A very cool, very African cup of coffee. Higher acidity with strong herbal chocolate spice notes. Soft fruit and floral sweet tones are found upfront and dominate the aromatics but quickly fade into a fuller bodied complex chocolaty tone that will linger on the tongue.
Roasting Notes: This is an extreme cup similar to a top notch Kenya. Light roasts are very acidic, dark roasts can be a little bitter depending on what you like. In the middle, with a little drawn out roast, one can find all sorts of cool flavors and a balanced cup.