WHOLESALE : SLATE PEAK-Burundi Benga
Most of the coffee produced in Burundi comes out of the Kayanza region in the north bordering Rwanda. Coffee is primarily grown by small-holder producers, holding just an average of 200 trees, yielding only 200-300 kgs of cherry per harvest. Stations like the Benga processing facility allow farmers to sell cherries at a set market price.
The washed process begins with coffee cherries delivered to the washing station, where they are inspected, and given a quick initial hand-sorting to get rid of defective coffees. Cherries are then put into a pulper, which removes the fruit from the seeds. After that pulping, the coffee is fermented underwater for approximately 24 hours. Once fermentation is complete, the coffee bean still in their parchment covering are put into the washing channels. During this step, the water is refreshed to ensure proper washing is taking place. Once the washing is complete, the coffee is taken to the raised drying tables for sun drying.
Tasting Notes– Pomelo, Sour Cherry, Watermelon
Importer – Olam
Region – Kayanza
Processing – Washed
Varietal – Bourbon
Farm/Processor – Benga Washing Station
Elevation – 1700+m
Roast – Medium/Light