Burundi Kibingo Retail 12oz

Process: Natural
Altitude: 1893 metres
Varietal: Red Bourbon
Tasting Notes: Vanilla, Strawberry, Cream

Kibingo is a natural processed coffee! This process was originally used as a matter of convenience - or necessity - in coffee growing regions with limited access to water to supply the wet mills. In recent times, some farms have started using natural processing more deliberately to create coffees that exhibit its distinctive fruity aroma.This process takes the whole cherries and lays them out to dry without removing pulp or mucilage. Frequent raking of the cherries is required to evenly dry the cherries to proper moisture levels, which takes significantly longer than for washed coffees - up to 20 days, or sometimes longer if conditions are poor. Since fermentation continues until moisture levels reach ~13%, natural coffees develop far higher concentrations of flavour compounds associated with fermentation. These lend natural coffees a distinct, strongly fruity aroma and taste, but can also lead to boozy, or musty flavours. There is therefore a higher degree of risk associated with processing coffee this way. However when all steps are taken and conditions are just right, the reward of a stellar natural coffee is immensely satisfying.

This natural profile is lush with strawberry, sweetness and depth.