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Rinaldo's Coffee: Burundi, Mpanga, Washed

Tasting notes: Red currant, cranberry, jasmine. bright lemon acidity and a silky sweet body

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This is a typically floral coffee with a sweet body and notes of red currant, cranberry and jasmine. The Mpanga washing station is run by 15 year coffee veteran, Jean-Clement Birabereye, whose focus on quality has resulted in their coffees gaining 1st and 3rd places in the prestigious 2014 Burundi Cup of Excellence competition.

From Rinaldo's Coffee:

We're delighted to return to Burundi for our newest African addition. A stunning Red Bourbon varietal, this is a typically floral coffee with a sweet body and notes of red currant, cranberry, jasmine and a bright acidity. It's actually grown close to our current Rwandan offering and has the same spiciness.

Mpanga is both the name of the farm and of the central washing station located in Kayanza Province, northern Burundi

The flavour profile from the Kayanza region is similar in a lot of ways to the southern Rwandan coffees like Huye Mountain. We tend to find Kayanza coffees are more delicate in character and present more floral notes of jasmine, rose and orange blossom.

Mpanga is managed by Jean-Clement Birabereye - a 15-year coffee veteran, who oversaw the construction of the washing station in 2008. The station processes coffee from approximately 3,400 smallholder farmers, who cultivate coffee on the hillsides that surround Kayanza, at elevations of up to 1,950 masl.

Under Jean-Clement's guidance, Mpanga has achieved incredible results at the Burundi Cup of Excellence, finishing 1st and 3rd in the 2014 competition. As a result of the hard work and diligence Jean-Clement has implemented, Mpanga has become highly regarded for its consistently clean and complex coffees.

Farm/Coop: Mpanga
RECYCLABLE Packaging: YES
LETTERBOX friendly (single bag): YES
Altitude: 1950 metres above sea level
Great for: Aeropress, Filter, Black
Origin: Burundi, Africa
Region: Kayanza Province, North Burundi
Process Method: Washed
Tasting Notes: Red currant, cranberry, jasmine. bright lemon acidity and a silky sweet body
Varietals: Red Bourbon

Roasterr: Rinaldos Coffee

RECYCLABLE Packaging: YES
LETTERBOX friendly (single bag): YES

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Initial collection: Rinaldo's Coffee - Kendal, Cumbria

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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.