Buziraguhindwa Shade #2
Tasting Notes: Apricot, Cream, Honey
Origin: Kayanza, Burundi
Producers: Salum Ramadhan
This coffee is another lovely bourbon out of Kayanza, Burundi that was processed at the Buziraguhindwa washing station - resulting from one of their many shade-drying experiments. Buziraguhindwa is a well-equipped facility that has over 220 drying tables with various set-ups, including shade drying options. These are partially covered - either by shade screens or a second drying bed (sort of like a coffee-drying bunk bed). Shading the beans while they are drying helps regulate their temperature and moisture content with the goal of a more even moisture content in the final product. We found the quality and consistency of the lots coming out of Buziraguhindwa to be exceptional, which is why we secured a couple of different lots to explore how processing affects flavor in the final cup.
This particular lot of bourbon is a great change of pace. A strong but not abrasive apricot note defines the flavor, accented by subtle hints of cherry. What stands out most to us is the cup's incredible smoothness - it has a rich, almost creamy quality that compliments the flavors really well. Our recommendation is to take a few moments to yourself, brew a cup, and enjoy it slowly. We think you'll be glad you did!