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Casa Espresso: Burundi, Izuba Washing Station, Natural

Tasting notes: Soft strawberry acidity is followed by syrupy sweet papaya and elderflower tones

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Processed at the Izuba washing station, Kigeri, Ryamukona, and Mugoyi are the three hills (collines) surrounding Izuba and the three areas in which coffee is collected or delivered from. Each volume of cherry sold to Izuba is recorded by producer and hillside, showing the minute variances in profile from locations surrounding the washing station. This red bourbon varietal is grown and picked at 1500 – 1700 masl on the local hill, ‘Ryamukona’ and the ripe cherry is dried for an average of 30 days.

Izuba meaning “sun” in Kirundi, is located in Runinya, Kabarore Commune, of Kayanza Province. The Izuba washing station is set close to a nearby river, providing a vital and regular freshwater source for coffee processing. The station is managed by Ntama Appolinaire, who works alongside Prosper Merrimee, the operational manager of RM Burundi. Izuba employs 2 full-time staff and around 250 seasonal workers, who are all local to the station.

The station aims to provide premiums where possible to not only the farmers but the station staff also. The employees were paid 25% higher than other local washing stations and 33% more than the national average salary. Producers are paid government-set prices for coffee cherries.

Farm/Coop: Izuba Washing Station
LETTERBOX friendly (single bag): YES
Altitude: 1500 – 1700 masl
Origin: Burundi, Africa
Region: Runinya, Kayanza Province
Process Method: Natural Process
Varietals: Red Bourbon

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Initial collection: Casa Espresso - West Yorkshire

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Tasting record

Method Dose Grind Time Volume Comments
e.g. Espresso 18g Vario 1E 25secs 30ml A bit finer next time would be better.