Farmers: International Women's Coffee Alliance
Region: Kayanza Province
Altitude: 1900 masl
Processing method: Triple Washed
Harvest date: April-August 2020
Importer: Royal Coffee
Flavour notes: Coconut-Lime Cocktail
Recommended filter brew ratio 1:15
Recommended espresso brew ratio 1:3
This is a traditional washed coffee from Kayanza, Burundi, produced by smallholders working with JNP Coffee to ear premiums, empower women in the workforce, and improve sustainable production.
The flavour profile is super tropical, complex, with a lime-like acidity and with a distinctive round characteristic that reminds us of coconut. The finish is not only clean, but sparkling and refreshing like Sprite or 7up.
Some background on the things JNP are doing:
Jeanine Niyonzima-Aroian, the founder of JNP Coffees, is without a doubt one of the most influential individuals in Burundi coffee today. JNP Coffee is highly focused on women's empowerment, and along with a few local women's rights advocates, formulated the Burundi chapter of the International Women's Coffee Alliance. The IWCA now has over 2000 coffee farmers. JNP ensures farmers receive a fair premium and invests in opportunities for education and community building.
Fully washed processing by the Incuti group is as detailed as anywhere in Burundi, where the best coffees are produced. Cherry is floated for density and visible defects prior to depulping and fermentation. After fermentation is complete the wet parchment is sorted by density in concrete washing channels. Drying takes place at first under shade, and then in open air with the parchment piled into pyramids, which are flattened and re-shaped each day as a form of incremental air exposure to slowly and evenly dry the coffee and lock the final moisture. The resulting profile is juicy and lime-like, a great expression of high-elevation Kayanza.