Sensory profile: Clena and sweet
Aroma: Apple, flowers
Taste & Body: Vibrant acidity, sweet and medium body
Notes: Honey, red apple
Izuba which means "sun" in Kirundi, is located in the municipality of Kabarore, in the province of Kayanza. The Izuba washing station is located near a nearby river, providing a vital and regular source of freshwater for coffee processing.
The station aims to provide rewards wherever possible not only to farmers but also to station staff. Employees this season were paid 25% more than local stations; 33% more than the national average.
This coffee comes from Mugoyi producers who deliver the ripe cherries to the Izuba washing station where they are first floated (to select any under / overripe) in vats and then dried on raised beds for around 30 days. During the drying process, it is essential to ensure a regular and uniform rotation to avoid the formation of mold and therefore defects. It is wonderfully sweet with a good body and balance.
Once the coffee has been fully processed, the remaining coffee pulp is turned into a natural fertilizer as it degrades. Once ready, it is distributed to local farmers to add nutrients to their soil.
Who said Specialty coffee can't be sustainable?
Much of the coffee industry here has been privatized and is owned by foreign companies. This year we started partnering with "Raw Material" which donates all profits to the producers they buy from through the purchase of coffee and investments in the country. Izuba Coffee Company was founded by Raw Material as a branch of their business in Burundi with the sole purpose of ensuring greater profits for both the producers and the company's employees. They built a washing station (Izuba) for the communities of Kigeri, Mugoyi, and Ryamukona, in addition, the company deals with the distribution of seedlings and agronomic consultancy to increase yield and improve quality.
From them this year we bought this wonderful batch of Natural coffee.