The Gakenke Central Washing Station is located in Kayanza commune in northern Burundi. It handles crops from approximately 175 registered growers. Each producer harvests from an average of 350 trees. It was established in 1992. Kayanza is one of the most reputable growing regions of Burundi. Soils are rich and volcanic, while the growing conditions are optimal year round.
This coffee from Burundi is of the bourbon varietal. The bourbon coffee plant does not yield a high amount of cherries and is notorious for needing their farmers TLC - however the extra effort is worth it as the resulting coffees are known for their incredible sweetness and delicate complexity. There are many that call the bourbon varietal the pinot noir of coffee. It wows the aficionado and the newbies alike, primarily because of the sweetness.
This was our favorite Burundi washed coffee we tried from the various farms and importers that sent us samples this season. Extremely delicate and complex, and sugar candy sweet. On the cupping table it had everybody fooled for a washed Ethiopian, with many on team swearing it was a Hambella Estate coffee. And just like washed coffees from that estate expect citrus and caramel sweetness. Keep this on the low down........this is a bit of a coffee geeks coffee.