Burundi Coffees

Coffee in Burundi is often compared to Rwandan coffee and is characterized with citrus delicate and winey acid with fruitier sweetness and pleasant aroma.

Best Burundi Coffees

Bestseller No. 1
Burundi Kinyovu Coffee, Whole Bean, Women Grown/Produced, AIR ROASTED COFFEE by Airis Coffee Roasters (12oz)
  • 1 / 12oz bag of Burundi Kinyovu Coffee Beans from Airis Coffee Roasters
  • ROAST: MEDIUM CUPPING PROFILE: Pineapple, hibiscus, green tea, toffee
  • A direct trade coffee from the Kinyovu Wash Station.
  • This Burundi coffee is an International Women's Coffee Alliance (IWCA) certified.
  • Discover Air Roasted Coffee and Experience Taste Beyond Compare.
Bestseller No. 2
Teasia Coffee, Burundi, Single Origin, Medium Roast, Whole Bean, 2-Pound Bag
  • SINGLE ORIGIN - 100% BURUNDI COFFEE: Grown in volcanic rich soil in the region of Mbirizi at an altitude of 1700-1800 meters. Similar to other East and Central African coffees such as Rwanda, Tanzania and Kivu.
  • CUPPING NOTES: Well balanced and full bodied with notes of black tea, sweet apricot, juicy cherry and a tang of orange juice.
  • PROCESSING AND ROAST LEVEL: Raw coffee beans are wet-processed (or washed), where the fruit covering the beans is removed before they are dried, to ensure a clean taste and brigaht acidity. Our Burundi beans are then given a Medium roast by one of Teasia's artisanal roasters.
  • FRESH SPECIALTY ROASTED COFFEE: We roast all our Burundi coffee beans in small batches using the most advanced (and environmentally friendly) technology available to develop the unique characteristics and flavor profiles of each coffee bean. All freshly roasted beans are packed and sealed within 24 hours to ensure maximum freshness and quality.
  • STORAGE AND BREWING: To preserve the fresh roasted flavor of your Burundi coffee, we recommend storing in an air-tight container (or very tightly seal the bag), and keep them in a dark and cool location. For best results, we recommend grinding your Teasia coffee no more than 15 minutes prior to brewing!
Bestseller No. 3
Unroasted Green Coffee Beans - Africa Sampler Pack - 4LBS - 100% raw arabica coffee beans - Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda, Burundi
  • FOUR - 1LB Bags of Single Origin Unroasted Coffee Beans
  • 100% Raw Green Arabica Beans From Countries Of Africa: Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda, Burundi
  • Great Home Roaster Starter Pack!
  • Makes For A Great Gift For Coffee Roasting Enthusiasts!
Bestseller No. 4
Mojave Coffee Burundi Kavugangoma, Single-Origin, Small-Batch, Fresh Roasted, 100% High-Altitude Premium Arabica, Fair Trade Direct Trade, Medium Roast 12oz (Whole Bean)
  • Single-Origin, Small-Batch, Fresh-Roasted; 100% High-Altitude Premium Arabica; Hand-Picked, Fair Trade Direct Trade, Top 1% Quality Beans
  • A Superb Complex Burundi! Excellent for Drip, French Press, & Pour-Over. Cupping notes: Complex Deep Flavors of Tamarind, Black Tea, Brown Sugar, Satiny Body
  • Small-Batch, Artisan Master Roasted to Create the Ideal Roast Profile
  • Fresh-Roasted, Immediately Nitrogen packed for optimal taste with a one-way freshness valve
  • Mojave Coffee gives back: 5% of profits to two well-known worldwide organizations: one dedicated to family farmers and one dedicated to preserving wildlands
Bestseller No. 5
2 Pounds – Northern Africa – Burundi – Roasted To Order Arabica Coffee – Order Today/We Roast Today – Choose Roast Level (Light /Blonde /Medium /Med-Dark /Dark /Italian) (Whole Bean /Ground)
  • Super Fresh / Premium Arabica Coffee / Taste Notes – Strawberry – Kiwi – With A Bright Lemon Acidity
  • Standard Roast Is Med-Dark /Whole Bean – Or Message At Checkout (Roast Level) (Whole Bean or Ground)
  • State Of The Art Coffee Roasters – Highly Developed Precise Roasting Profiles For Each Roast Level
  • Roasted For Maximum Sweetness / Flavor Nuance (Unique Bean Taste Notes) In Cup – At Each Roast Level
  • Northern African Coffee – Burundi Coffee – Milling Process /Washed – Region Kirimiro – 1400-1750M
Bestseller No. 6
For Five Coffee Roasters - Roasted In NYC 12 oz (Burundi, Whole Bean)
  • Single Origin
  • Fully Washed
  • Roast Profile: 2 of 5
  • Roasted in New York City
  • Melon and cherry with winey finish
Bestseller No. 7
Red Bay Coffee Carver's Dream Whole Bean Espresso - Burundi & Guatemala Coffee - Direct Trade Espresso Beans - Specialty Coffee Whole Bean - 12oz Resealable Pouch of Specialty Coffee Beans
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Red Bay Coffee Carver's Dream Whole Bean Espresso - Burundi & Guatemala Coffee - Direct Trade Espresso Beans - Specialty Coffee Whole Bean - 12oz Resealable Pouch of Specialty Coffee Beans
  • CARVER'S DREAM - Carver’s Dream is a bright, fruit forward espresso blend of Guatemala & Burundi coffees - a combination of medium fresh roasted coffee that dictates balanced sweetness and rich, warm body.
  • AWARD WINNING COFFEE - Red Bay Coffee is a multiple medal winner at the world’s largest coffee roaster competition, Golden Bean North America. From seed to cup, Red Bay is devoted to sourcing, roasting and delivering the best and most beautiful single origin whole bean coffee to the people. We work globally to source high quality, sustainable and direct trade coffee.
  • TASTING PROFILE - Carver's Dream tasting profile consists of cherry compote, almond paste, and dark chocolate in each satisfying cup.
  • WHOLE BEAN SINGLE ORIGIN COFFEE - Red Bay Carver's Dream is sourced directly from Guatemala & Burundi. We source our coffee beans from direct agreements with sustainable farms around the world. Red Bay Coffee supports local agricultural development.
  • ROASTED FRESH ON ORDER - This coffee is FRESH. Our coffee does not sit in a warehouse for months. It is roasted fresh in Oakland, CA for each order to ensure top freshness. Each order of 12oz of fresh roasted coffee beans is packaged in a resealable pouch to keep your coffee fresh with the roast date stamped on the back.
Bestseller No. 8
12.5 Pounds – Northern Africa – Burundi – Unroasted Green Coffee Beans – Grown In Region Kirimiro – Altitude 1400-1750 Meters – Bourbon – Drying/Milling Process Is Washed, Sun Dried
  • Premium Arabica Green Coffee Beans / Taste Notes – Strawberry – Kiwi – With A Bright Lemon Acidity
  • Northern African Coffee – Burundi Coffee – Varietal-Bourbon – Altitude-1400-1750M – Region Kirimiro
  • Drying/Milling Process Washed Sun Dried on Raised Beds – TEKA Mill/Washing Stations
  • Fresh Current Crop – The Kirimiro Region Of Burundi Is Known For Producing Great Specialty Coffees
  • Processed At TEKA Washing Station, Well-Known For Meticulous Processing of Cup Of Excellence Coffees

Coffee in Burundi

Coffee was grown as a cash crop during the Belgium colonial rule in Burundi. The coffees were often exported back to the European country or other colonies that the country had. The Burundi people were then restricted to plant just a particular number of crops and paid peanuts for their hard work.

Coffee processing in Burundi

Like most coffee producing countries across the globe, coffee in Burundi is produced by small scale farmers with micro plots. The farmers grow coffee in very small lands majority of them being less than an acre. The coffee cherries are usually taken to centralized stations for processing. Getting to single origin bean (single variety or single farm) from Burundi is almost next to impossible and is normally sold as single station coffees.

The coffees are processed with much carefulness and concentration to make sure the quality is not compromised with extensive sorting out, washing and fermentation to ensure consistency in the quality of the coffees. The country’s method of processing is similar to that of Kenya. After de-pulping the beans are dry fermented for about half a day and then deep soaked in water for a period of 12 to 14 hours. The coffees undergo floating process to sort by density of the beans and then dipped in water for more 12 to 18 hours. They are then dried on tables or raised beds.

Coffee production in Burundi

Coffee production in Burundi can be dated back to in the 1930s when it was introduced by colonial government of Belgium in the country. The coffee plants mainly grown here is the coffee Arabica which is also grown in most of the regions countries. About 800 000 families in Burundi depend in coffee growing. Farms are owned by small farm holders with a mean of about 250 crops per individual.

The farmers do not specialize in coffee growing but also have other crops like food crops and also keep livestock. Coffee production in the country has been subjected to civil wars and political instability. However right now the country’s export market coffee is fine and is promising.

Almost 25 million crops of coffee are cultivated in the country where most of it is bourbon and just about 60 acres are with coffee in the country. Farmers averagely own about 50 to 250 trees each. The country grows a few trees of Robusta though a very little percent, almost negligible.

Arabica bourbon coffee variety

Majority of coffee in Burundi is grown on elevations ranging from about 1250 to 2000 meters above the mean sea level. The specialty coffee that is mainly grown here is the Arabica bourbon. The coffee beans are processed using washing method.

Green coffee producing in the country

Coffee brokers are able to secure high end coffee beans from Burundi and make them available for wholesaling in the market. However there is no consistency in getting good quality coffees or single origin beans in the international market.

Quality of Burundi coffees

The beast coffee beans from Burundi can be stunning and have very good richness in flavor and quality. They are floral, sweet fruitiness, fig jam with bright. The coffees are usually lost through other bulky exports though some importers will seek these specialty coffee beans from the origin. The beans have a special and structured acidity and very lively.

Clean and fine coffee beans which are single origin (single country- washing station) have a rich acidity and body with delicacy in flavor. The coffees exhibits berry like sweet taste with floral notes and aroma with berry tones.

Interesting things to note about Burundi coffee beans

  • The major coffee growing region in the country is Kayanza.
  • The altitudes for coffee growing picks up to 2500 meters above the mean sea level.
  • The major coffee harvesting period is between March to June when most coffee cherries are ripe.
  • The processing method usually applied in Burundi coffees is through deep washing for de-pulping and then dried on tables, raised platforms.
  • The aroma of coffee bean from this country is red currant mostly
  • The common flavor of coffee is red fruit sweetness, dark chocolate like, Hibiscus and Jasmine.
  • The coffees are usually characterized by creamy and rich heavy body.
  • Burundi coffees have an intense winy sweet and sour acidity.

Flavor profile

Coffees from Burundi have always been compared to the Rwandan coffees which include the winey taste which is also common in other east African countries. Common flavors are similar to the Kenyan coffee including the sweet fruitiness and high dense and bold beans.

Coffee producing regions in Burundi

The major coffee growing region in Burundi is kayanza. Other regions include cibitoke, Karuzi, bubanza, Muramvya, Ngozi, Kirundo, Mwaro, Muyinga, Krimiro, Bururi and Makamba.

Issues in Burundi coffee growing industry

After independence achievement around 1960s, coffee farming was privatized the government being left to just left to intervene for prices and research aid. However this did not benefit the industry as such as the coffee declined in quality and quantity wise not to mention the poor flavor and attracting lower prices. This in turn influenced many farmers to abandon their plants and focus on other income generating activities.

The country also experienced civil wars around 1990s which left the country in almost total damage with it economy in ruins. This greatly affected the coffee industry and at the same time appeared to be a promising income generating source to help the people recover. With a living example, Rwanda their neighboring country, the country saw coffee as a lucrative industry. The opted to have a healthy balance and stable investment between the private and state owned coffee plants. This has helped the tiny nation to recover as a coffee producer with more opportunities and stability.

Another issue that has affected the countries coffee is the potato defect observed in other African countries like Rwanda in small extent and Congo. The beans adopt potato like flavor if affected by this defect and aroma and is undetectable through sight. The researchers are working promisingly to get rid of the defect.

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