Burundi Shembati #24
This coffee coming 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. This is certainly reflected in the coffees high cup score of 87.25. We experience sweet/sugary tasting notes with a mango-like fruitiness in the cup, especially when brewed using a V60. As an espresso, unusual chocolatey notes begin to appear, while the fruitiness still brings some unique brightness to the cup.
Below, we include some more information on the Shembati washing station for those interested in learning more about this coffee;
Shembati Washing Station is one of two washing stations built in 2016 by the producer Salum Ramadhan. Its located in the province of Kayanza in the hills of Butaganzwa commune. The site manager is a young man called Ame Patrick. 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. Nordic Approach’s 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.