MPANGA (washed), Burundi FILTER

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MPANGA (washed), Burundi FILTER

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Prodcuer: Jean Clement Birabereya

Region: Kayanza Province, Northern Burundi
Altitude: up to 1950 masl

Varietal: Bourbon
Process: Washed

Cup profile: Juicy, honeydew melon, fresh apple, citrus, caramel

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Burundi is a country that continues to face immense social and political difficulties. One of the challenges for the coffee sector is the government’s involvement as an owner and operator of washing stations, which prohibits visibility and transparency. Despite these challenges, there are a few entrepreneurs and privately owned washing stations who are working hard to improve quality. One of these stations is Mpanga.

Mpanga is both the name of the farm and of the central washing station located in Kayanza Province, Northern Burundi. Both are managed by Jean-Clement Birabereye who oversaw the construction of the washing station back 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. The flavour profile from the Kayanza region in Burundi is fairly similar to the southern Rwandan coffees like Huye Mountain with its honeyed sweetness and floral notes. In fact, Huye Mountain is only about 60 miles from the Kayanza village.

Mpanga processes roughly 1,500 tonnes of coffee per season, with each producer lot separated and named according to the hillside upon which the coffee was grown. 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.This particular natural lot consists of cherry picked at the peak of harvest from Mpanga Farm, and processed at the Mpanga washing station. The cup is floral and complex with notes of tropical fruit and candy cane sweetness.

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