Burundi is a small landlocked country in Southeastern Africa, bordered by Rwanda, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The country is one of the poorest in the world, plagued with tribal conflict like it’s neighbors but with less international awareness. Even though coffee makes up an incredible 93% of it’s exports, instability in the region has made exporting logistics difficult in the past. Despite these issues, Burundi produces some of Africa’s most unique coffees, combining sweet, citrusy flavors with ripe red fruit and herbal notes. To our palates, coffees from Burundi taste more similar to those from Kenya than their neighbors in Rwanda, a testament to the difference terrior can make, even in very close proximity. The name of this coffee, Kirema, is that of the washing station and cooperative where this coffee was processed. In our taste tests, we found tart cherry, blood orange, and melon with just a hint of juniper.
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