BURUNDI • KIRIRIMA
When sourcing coffee from Burundi, I always want bright citrus and sticky sweetness. Kiririma delivers big on both counts. The cup opens with a sparkling acidity full of grapefruit, lime, and nectarine. It is zesty and full of clarity. It shifts towards deep sugary notes, like golden or sultana raisins. The finish is tangy with a lovely mix of maple syrup, brown sugar, and just a dash of floral rose.
Kiririma is one of the twenty-two wash stations that make up the coffee powerhouse Sogestal Kayanza. Run by Claude Nzambimana, the Sogestal or Société de Gestion des Stations de Dépulpage Lavage operates as a central hub for the smaller wash stations like Kiririma. While numbers fluctuate harvest to harvest, this year roughly 1000 farmers contributed to Kiririma. Station owner Jevénal Ntirampeba is known for his commitment to quality and the farmers who contribute ripe cherries. The majority of which dot the nearby eleven hills, which span the border between Kabarore in the Kayanza Province and Busiga in the Ngozi Province.
Golden Raisin, Ruby Red Grapefruit & Brown Sugar.
Kabarore, Kayanza Province.
1000 Contributing Smallholder Farms.
Bourbon, Jackson, Mibirizi.
Crop to Cup.