Burundi Mutara Hill Natural Red Bourbon 2017


Bean name Burundi Mutara Hill Natural Red Bourbon 2017
Country Burundi
Region Northeast Burundi
Other info Varietal: Red Bourbon


This coffee is from the Cafex washing station located in the north of Burundi, in the province of Kirundo. The washing station is on the Mutura hills at an altitude of 1,450 metres above sea level (m.a.s.l.). The coffee that's processed at the station comes from hills that are at an altitude between 1,450 and 1,750 m.a.s.l.

The washing station is a private, family-run business. The owner is passionate about coffee; he wanted to make his European and Burundian cultural background benefit the Burundian coffee farming community, and so to help offer great Burundian coffees to the world. The washing station is managed by qualified and trained staff to maximise the quality of the coffee throughout the processing chain.

We've searched for a long time to find great Burundian coffee, and we were so very happy when we came across this coffee. Each year samples of Burundian coffee would arrive, and we were just not happy with the quality. I knew great Burundi coffees – like this one – existed, because I had tasted them from other roasters, but we just couldn't find the coffee for us ... until this one arrived! Boom!

In the cup this is a fruity boozy boom in a cup! Think raisins and dried blueberries that have been soaked in sherry. It has a really thick and chewy body.

Country: Burundi?
Region: Northeast Burundi?
Location: Kirundo County
Mill: Cafex Kirundo?
Producers: 487 farmers in the Kirundo region
Washing station: Mutara hills station
Washing station altitude: 1,450 m.a.s.l.
Processing method: Natural sun dried
Varietal: Red Bourbon
Soil type: Non-hydromorphic spodosols, red colouring, iron rich
Rainfall: Between 1200 mm and 1300 mm per year
Temperature: 17–23 degrees centigrade

Roasting Information
Medium dark – just on the cusp of second crack.

"Quick Look" Guide
Raisin, dried blueberry, sherry.

Note: Cupping Scores for Sweetness & Acidity are actually 6.5 each, not as above (software limitation, allows whole numbers only)

Cupping notes

Clean cup 6/8
Sweetness 6/8
Acidity 7/8
Mouthfeel 8/8
Flavour 7/8
Aftertaste 6/8
Balance 6/8
Overall 7/8
Correction +36
Total 89

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