Burundi

Ruvumu Natural #13

Strawberry. Blood Orange. Lavender. Fruit Punch.
$23.00 / 12oz
Clear
Body: Plush
Acidity: Crisp
Producer: 251 Smallholder Farmers
Variety: Bourbon Mayaguez 139
Growing Elevation: 2000 Meters
Processing: Sun Dried Natural on Raised Beds. Dried to 50% of Original Weight, Bagged and Stored in Warehouse for a 3 to 5 Day Yeast Fermentation. Then Sun Dried on Raised Beds for 20-25 Days.
Region: Muruta Commune. Kayanza Province.

Our Ruvumu #13 Natural was produced by members of the Burundi Seeds Specialty cooperative located in Burundi’s Kayanza region. This particular lot comes from Ruvumu Hill located at 2,000 MASL near the Kibira National Forest. The hill is called so because it boasts numerous imivumu trees (ficus trees in English.) The ficus trees represent abundance and peace in Burundian culture. Around 251 smallholder farmers contributed ripe cherry to Burundi Seeds Specialty (BSS) cooperative which also runs its own processing facility UMOCO. BSS is led by close friends Juste Picasso, Zephyrin Banzubaze, and Jeremiah Nakimuhana who are committed to their community, the people they work with, and producing quality coffee. BSS has worked tirelessly to preserve the natural environment surrounding the farms (namely the Karbira Rainforest) while also working with farmers to educate them on tree health, soil health, and best farming practices. Additionally, thanks to a World Bank grant, 304,000 coffee trees have been donated to smallholder farmers associated with BSS.

This particular lot is a Bourbon Mayaguez 139 variety and was isolated out as a top lot. The coffee is a natural process coffee (meaning it was dried in the coffee cherry) with a unique 3-5 day yeast development period. Essentially the coffee cherry is dried to 50% of its original weight when then it is bagged and stored in a warehouse for a 3 to 5 day yeast fermentation. It is then sun dried on raised beds for 20 to 25 days. This specific process has led to increased sweetness and a clarity in the acidity that creates a unique and spectacular cup. This particular lot is full of bright and beautiful fruit and floral notes like strawberry, blood orange, lavender, fruit punch, and vanilla. It’s clean and fruity with a crisp acidity.

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