The densely populated east African state of Burundi borders Rwanda, Congo, Tanzania and lake Tanganyika. It is mountainous land with high plateau and a tropical climate. The economy is predominantly agricultural with roughly 90% of the population dependent on subsistence agriculture. Economic growth depends on coffee and tea exports, which account for 90% of foreign exchange earnings.
Following 15 years of conflict, a recent peace accord has ended the internal conflict and the economy is recovering already. Recent liberalisation of the coffee sector is allowing access to some excellent traceable fully washed arabicas.
The Ndava mill is situated in Kirundo-Muyinga region near the Tanzanian border and is used by around 700 smallholder farmers. The varietals of coffee used in this Micosta lot is Red Bourbon & Jackson (Bourbon sub-varietal).
The ripe cherries delivered to mill at Ndava, where cherries are graded, sorted, de-pulped and then double fermented underwater (12-18 hours dry, 12-18 hours wet). The parchment is then rinsed thoroughly and sorted in washing channels, and then is placed onto raised African drying tables.
There is a medium acidity with good body, a creamy buttery mouthfeel with sweet notes of prune & stone fruits with a long lingering finish.
Price shown per 500g