Burundi Businde Coffee Washing Station
Burundi Businde Coffee Washing Station One roast. Natural
We are slowly working our way through our collection of coffees from Burundi. This lot is fantastically good filter coffee and will take some expertise, patience, and top equipment to make it work well in espresso. With good water, and some dialing in this is such a complex and delicious coffee through every brew method.
Name: Businde CWS
Owner: Zuberi Matsitsi
Varietal: Red Bourbon
Number of Farmers Overall: 650
Processing method: Natural.
The altitude of the farms: 1650 – 1800 masl
Roast: Light Filter. We love this equally as filter and espresso. If extracted well, this works in milk up to 9oz.
|Aromatics: Black grape and boozy| Body: Light to medium| Acidity: Soft, sweet and plummy.
On opening, this oozes vibrance! You just know that fruity nose and background acidity are the signs of potential greatness. The fruity element starts off as black grape sweetness and a little plummy acidity, with a touch of grapefruit in the finish. This is soft, ripe, and oh so sweet.
In espresso, I had to really stretch this one. 17g in and (wait for it) 65-70g of espresso liquid in 35 seconds! That’s the longest shot stretch I have done in forever. The standard shots were like “PLJ” (AKA Pure Lime Juice) and really needed to be softened and lengthened for me to enjoy. For this to stand as an Omni. The other issue here is vibrant coffees with ripe fruit and acidity just don’t improve with more roast development, in my experience.
In milk-based drinks this still stands up to 9oz, using the standard 1:2 recipe. 16-18g into 32-36g in the late 20’s-30 seconds. This makes for a malty, rich lactic experience with whole milk. 6oz is boozy and chocolatey.
About this lot:
This coffee has come via Raw Material, a not-for-profit company that reinvests all of its profits back into its and our coffee producers. Businde Coffee Washing Stations producers received a 20% premium above the local market rate this season. As a Washing Station, Businde pays its staff almost 60% above the rate for casual labour in Burundi. The owner of the washing station, Zuberi Matsitsi also has 8,000 red bourbon trees on the Hill of Businde. This season he has paid premiums of $22,000 to the station’s producers.
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