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We are incredibly excited about the trio of new Burundian coffees from our friends at Cedar to kick off the new year. They offer much to celebrate. For starters, we're fans of specialty coffee from Burundi. Political and infrastructure challenges have historically made it hard for high-quality Burundian lots to be grown, processed and distributed across the world, but in recent years we've seen a small renaissance that has allowed us to taste some exceptional coffee from Burundi. The country offers fantastic growing conditions for coffee, quite similar to neighbouring Rwanda, and this becomes obvious to coffee drinkers who have the opportunity to try Burundi's best lots.
What adds to our excitement about this particular coffee, and the two other accompanying releases, is that they come from washing stations set up by the Long Miles Coffee Project (LMCP). LMCP is a venture set up by an American family, The Carlsons, who fell in love with Burundi on their travels and decided to build a washing station to help reward local farmers for their labours while also improving quality. That organisation has grown significantly now to comprise several washing stations serving thousands of farmers.
Before the pandemic, we were lucky enough to taste many coffees from LMCP washing stations, and they were of an exceptional quality. We're very excited to see more of these lots in the hands of our roasting partners, as they are great coffees that also serve a great cause in the communities they uplift.
This lot is a washed coffee, so one would expect that it will offer the clearest taste of the coffee's terroir. The washed style of processing typically alters the coffee's flavour in more subtle ways than methods that involve drying within the fruit pulp. It should provide an interesting comparison to the accompanying releases.
Phaedon's tasting notes
Who would have expected that it would be the washed lot of Cedar's new trio of Burundis that would captivate me most? Heck, who would have expected that the washed lot would be the fruitiest?! It really seems to be the case though.
This coffee is bursting with stone fruit flavours. They can barely be contained. Just let the beans hit the burrs and you'll already smell what I mean. It's peach. It's apricot. It's nectarine. It's maybe even a bit of cherry. It's quite something.
But it's also apples! There are apples all over the finish. The finish puts the malic in malolactic. The flavours just completely transform as you savour your sip. Sip again and experience the whole delightful sequence from peachy start to appley finish.
And it's not quite done there. In some cups, there's something else, something like a hint of marmalade, or even perhaps a little whisper or tropical fruit.
Need I write any more?
This coffee produced everything we expected of it in the cup: juicy acidity, notes of peach, and nectarine especially on filter. Espressos highlighted more of the nectarine sweetness but also the acidity that comes with it. In milk, we got Marie Biscuit nothing overpowering but still nothing lost when adding milk.
- Cup Profile: Juicy, Peach, Nectarine, Marie Biscuit
Coffee details from Cedar
Our last release for the year comes from the coffee project started in Burundi by Long Miles Coffee. Long Miles Coffee was born from the idea of being the link between roasters wanting consistently high-quality coffee and local farmers being looked after and paid fairly. Ben and Kirsty Carlson embarked on this journey in 2011 and from working with 50 farmers in the beginning has now risen to 5500 coffee farming families.
We have decided to showcase three lots of theirs, each lot comes from a different washing station, slightly different terroir, and different processing method. In this way you are able to experience a range of what Long Miles Burundi has to offer. It's also a fun way of tasting how processing methods alter the taste profile.
The first one up is a washed processed Burundi from the Bukeye washing station on the border of northern Kayanza.
- Farm/Producer: Bukeye washing station
- Country: Burundi
- Process: Washed
- Altitude: 1700 - 2100 masl
- Variety: Bourbon Heirloom
You can find more coffees from Cedar here.