Burundi Shembati #24
This coffee from Shembati washing station is interesting because of the way that the washing station is operating. The team here is very dedicated to producing and processing coffee so that it can be the best it possibly can be in the cup, and this hard work translates into a high cup score. We experience sweet and sugary tasting notes with mango-like fruit.
Below we have included some information about the washing station:
Shembati Washing Station is one of two washing stations built in 2016 by the producer Salum Ramadhan. It’s located in the province of Kayanza in the hills of Butaganzwa commune. It’s a medium sized washing station and they receive about 700 tons of cherry per season. That adds up to about 5 containers of specialty coffee. They have a clean natural water source. There are about 200 drying tables and many of them have 2 stories, meaning the coffees will partially be dried in shade. Salum is now also specialized in producing naturals and honeys as well as regular washed at all 4 of his washing stations.
Although he has been working with smallholders in the Shembati area for some years now, the government changed the laws to limit the area washing stations can receive or accept cherry from, hence he built this washing station to be able to continue to work with the smallholders in this area. Our (Nordic Approach) history with Salum dates to 2011, and the relationship has worked out great since then. He’s extremely detail oriented, spends a lot of time to train local staff and have a great loyal workforce. He also owns a transport business which manages the domestic coffee logistics as well for us. This means that we are always getting our coffees out quickly while they are still fresh.
He is systematically separating the coffees based on where they are grown, and by the date of processing. Post-harvest, we are cupping through some hundred samples to select the ones we find outstanding. They generally collect cherries from within a community, however, the landscape in Burundi means the communities are situated in between hills and this can often create microclimates specific to each area.