Burundi Kayanza Nemba Station

Burundi Kayanza Nemba Station


This is our first from Burundi and we’re excited to offer it. Nemba Station is a coffee cherry collection and processing site located in Kayanza, Burundi's northern province that borders neighboring Rwanda. Farmers from surrounding areas deliver their harvest in whole cherry at the Nemba site, where it is then wet processed and then dried. Kayanza Province itself sits at 1800 meters above sea level, and the farms from the 15 hill tops that serve the Nemba Station top out at over 2000 meters. Farmers grow mostly older bourbon types, the original coffee cultivar introduced to the area in the 1930s by Catholic monks traveling from the island of Reunion. Nemba has been around since the early 1990s, and this year placed top 10 at the Burundi Cup of Excellence competition, no small task.

The dry fragrance has a scent of sweet baking spices coupled with dried fruit, and a caramel corn candy hint. Fruited notes are present when the coffee is hot, and mild cherry and red berry notes come through, as does a cherry cola flavor, as the coffee cools.

*** All prices are per pound ***

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Photo: unloading bags of cherry in Kayanza.  Cover: sun shines down on Burundi.