A fruity coffee perfect for summer
from the first washing station in Burundi
Built in 1972, Butegana was the first washing station in Burundi. Translating to "place of attack", Butegana lies in the Kayanza region, where Rwandan and Burundian troops fought years ago. In the 1980s, large investments were made into the Burundian coffee sector by The World Bank and other partners. Many washing stations were built as a result, enabling Burundi to improve quality and become one of the best-equipped African producing countries. The Butegana washing station has remained steady, supporting farmers in the region with nursery instillation and providing training in agronomic practices.
All coffee plants in Burundi are of the Red Bourbon varietal. This is strictly controlled by the government for reasons of quality. Due to small farm size, farmers in Burundi do not retire their trees every few years, a common practice in other producing regions. Many producers have trees that are over 50 years old. Aging rootstock has become an issue in the county.
Volcanic soils, high elevation, and ample rainfall in the Kayanza region all contribute to the quality of this lot. When these coffee cherries arrived at Butegan, they were floated and sorted by density and quality. They were then laid out to dry for 3-4 weeks, while workers continued to hand sort and remove any defective cherries from the drying tables. After the drying process was complete, they were sent to the dry mill and sorted one more time, by hand, to remove any trace of defect. We are very proud to represent all of the work that went into this coffee. We recommend brewing at 1:16.5 ratio, with filtered water at 208-210℉, and a 3-3.5 minute brew time. Look forward to flavors of strawberry lemonade, jasmine, and tamarind.