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Quaffee Coffee Bean Box

Quaffee - Burundi Murambi Hill

R 155.00

We receive fresh deliveries of these coffee beans several times per week. Please allow up to 2-3 working days after you order for dispatch in case we need to wait for the next delivery.

Our friends at Quaffee have brought in many of the best Burundian coffees that we've tried over the last few years. After a brief hiatus, and lots of upheaval due to political challenges in Burundi, and of course the global pandemic, we have been very happy to see a renewed steady stream of quality lots.

This coffee is actually the third lot, brought to us by Quaffee, from the fairly recently founded Migoti Coffee. We thoroughly enjoyed the previous lots, including the previous one from Murambi specifically. Founded in 2016, within an existing farming community of about 700 families, Migoti Coffee has worked with people of the area to restore coffee production to both higher volumes and quality. The washing station is run by Zephyrin Banzubaze who ensures that best practices are followed to yield exceptional lots. The company also invests heavily in educating farmers, helping them improve their crop and their livelihoods. This lot was grown by the farmers and their families within the vicinity of Murambi Hill.

Phaedon's tasting notes

This lot reminds me quite a bit of last year's Murambi, which is definitely a positive thing. Like its predecessor, its sweetness is reminiscent of dried fruit, particularly raisins and blackcurrants. In a plunger, that blackcurrant flavour came through as a syrupy cordial. There is also a brighter acidity accompanying these dried fruit flavours which, to my palate, tastes like orange, or perhaps even orange zest. I actually prefer this coffee in unfiltered immersion brews like a French press rather than in filtered brew methods so far, though I'll make an exception for the (mostly) filtered AeroPress. I also love it as a moka pot, and it should make a great espresso.

Quaffee's notes 

  • Characteristics: A four-star complexity medium-full bodied coffee, with berry sweetness and black tea after-taste.
  • Roast used: Soak bump, kick and straighten roast with a 40 seconds development time. This lighter roast promotes the fruit flavour note.
  • Our brews:
    • Espresso: 1:23 (29sec)
    • AeroPress: 16.5g:200g (2min steep)
    • Plunger: 50g:800g (4.5 mins)
    • Pour over/filter: 19g:300g

Coffee details

  • Country: Burundi
  • Region: Nyabiraba, Bujumbura Rural Province
  • Cooperative: Migoti
  • Farmers: 174 farming families from the Murambi Hill area, with a total of around 74,566 coffee trees
  • Processing: Fully washed, with 12 hours wet and 16 hours dry fermentation. Dried in the sun on raised beds for around 21 days
  • Packaging: GrainPro in Hessian
  • Altitude grown: 1,800 meters above sea level (masl)
  • Variety: Arabica - Red Bourbon
  • Harvest: Main crop June – August (2022). Arrived in May 2022

Quaffee transparency information

  • Sourced from: Migoti via Sevenoaks Trading
  • FOB price: US$3.20 per pound
  • Cupping score: 83.75
  • Producer / organisation: Migoti coffee co-operative
  • Lot size bought: 2 x 60kg bags
  • Relationship: We have a working relationship with Dan Brose, the owner of Migoti since 2019. This is our fourth season dealing with Dan, who visits us when he is in Cape Town.