Some produce is only available during certain times of the year. When it's strawberry seasons, you just eat as many strawberries as you can get your hands on. When it's Burundi season, coffee nerds go nuts for this stuff, ordering pour overs of it when and wherever possible. Right now, we've got simply beautiful Burundi Kayanza beans in from Stumptown and we are smitten. Citrus and a round sweetness (think butterscotch) mingle with spring stone fruit and floral notes to create an overall balanced and light flavor sensation.
Burundi is a small landlocked country in East Africa, bordered by Rwanda, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Of the many coffee-producing countries in Africa, Burundi isn't one of the big names you normally hear about - it's one of the more obscure coffee sources on the continent. Burundi does have its own coffee tradition: agricultral cultivation of the beans was introduced when the country was occupied by Belgian colonists at the beginning of the 20th century. Now, though Burundi is one of the poorest countries in the world, coffee accounts for the country's largest source of revenue (it makes up 93% of its exports!). After a civil war that raged throughout most of the 1990's, the Burundi are still fighting to rebuild their economy, and coffee is playing a major role in this endeavor. The geography of the country, both hills and jungle, is ideal for coffee production, and although Burundi isn't fully established as a major coffee producing country, many coffee peeps recognize that there is serious potential here.
The Burundian process their coffee with their own style: an extended fermentation process, careful and thorough washing, a soak in fresh water, and slow drying on raised beds. This particular Stumptown offering is the result of a collaboration with the Long Miles Coffee Project.
We are very excited to share an interview with one of owners of Long Miles Coffee Project on the the blog a little later this month. Keep an eye out for this exclusive convo, where we'll be explaining in much more detail how these beans are processed, the farms where they come from, and the unique story of an American family living in East Africa, going deep into the coffee trade.
Until then, try a Chemex of this delicious coffee - the perfect cup for these clear, sunny May mornings.