Underwater Fermentation, Washed, 10-hour Soak in Fresh Water, Dried on Raised Beds
March - July 2019
Nemba Washing Station
Frequent standouts in the Burundi Cup of Excellence competition, coffees from the Nemba Washing Station are longstanding favorites. This year we’re releasing two of these coffees together to highlight the role processing plays in flavor.
When coffee is processed – transformed from plump coffee cherries to beans – the way the beans are cured and dried can dramatically alter the ‘expression’ of the coffee's natural flavors. Burundi Nemba Washed, is like most coffees, a washed process, meaning the fruit of the coffee cherry is removed from the bean to dry. But naturally processed coffees are dried with the cherry left intact, baking in those rich, fruity flavors.
Burundi Nemba Washed shines with clean notes of meyer lemon, apricot and a sweet layering of spice. We recommend trying it alongside its naturally processed companion to compare how these lighter toned notes develop into those of blackberry, honey & red currant.
THE NEMBA GOAT PROJECT
Sometimes good intentions lead us down unknown paths. See, when we bought this coffee, we also bought a herd of goats.
In February of 2017, we committed to guaranteeing farmer's better compensation. We set an industry-leading baseline price for all the coffee we purchase – more than 40% above the organic fair trade guarantee. The only problem was these wonderful coffees from Burundi didn't cost enough. The solution wasn't simply writing a bigger check to our exporter, because our guaranteed price has to go back to farmers, not our trading partners.
Fortunately, Greenco, the company we worked with to bring these coffees in-house, are an exceptionally creative and engaged group of people. They proposed that we used the additional funds we wanted to pay for these coffees to purchase goats to be distributed to the communities that grew the coffee, a resource that would diversify their incomes and help them become more economically stable. And so our pursuit of a coffee and price worthy of it led us into livestock.
Nearly three years and three herds later, we’re committed as ever to this unusual venture. We never anticipated getting into the goat trade, but we're honored to be building a deeper connection to the farmers in the Nemba community. So here's to heading into uncharted territory and finding what you didn't know you were looking for.
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