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Burundi Nemba Washed

Origin Burundi /

Altitude 1818 masl /

Crop Year 2018 /

Varietal Red Bourbon /

Product Code 6464

About Burundi Nemba Washed

Burundi’s volcanic soils, high altitude and plentiful rainfall make up the perfect conditions for growing high-quality Arabica coffee. Kayanza province is located in the northern part of Burundi, near the border with Rwanda and it is known for being the water source of the Nile River.

Nemba was built in 1991 in the Kayanza province. The people who lived in this region had the reputation for being slow and not doing much. They were called kunembera which is Kirundi for ‘lazy‘, this is where the word Nemba comes from.

This washing station collects cherries from over 3100 local coffee farmers spread over the 15 neighboring hills. During the season, Nemba processes more than 750 tons of coffee. 

In the cup, this coffee reveals notes of tropical fruits balanced with a tangerine finish. . Due to Kayanza’s high altitude, the coffee that is grown here has a high level of acidity that is mixed with a fruity-sweetness. It has good body together with a long and very sweet aftertaste. Generally, this coffee has tropical fruit characteristics (such as lemon, cherry and orange) and slightly sweet chocolate flavors.

About Burundi

Coffee was introduced to Burundi by Catholic Monks from the small island of Reunion in the 1930’s. Most popular variety is Bourbon, however other varieties are grown including Blue Mountain. The crop is exclusively grown by smallholders, which are grouped into farmer associations called Sogestals.

Due to the age of the trees and the variance in rainfall, there is a huge amount of fluctuation in coffee production. On average the crop is around 20,000MT. All of the the trees are Arabica, with around 70% processed as fully washed. There was an attempt to introduce Robusta in Burundi by establishing a large plantation, however this was destroyed during the times of civil was and rebellion towards the end of the 20th century.