Burundi Yagikawa Cooperative


Regular price $15.00
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Yagikawa has a refined profile, extremely convincing sweetness, and pointed, clean finish. The sweetness reminds me of the "raw" aspects of dark brown sugar or muscovado, replete with a near floral molasses aroma and flavor. There's a brisk tea element that is mouth-cleansing, and a flavor of black tea with fresh squeezed lemon highlights this aspect. Yagikawa is an excellent pour-over brew, with subtle fruit flavors of sweet lime moving into dark spice accents, and a finish that is tea-like and pristine.

Score: 88.4
Processing: Wet Process
Varietal: Bourbon

This coffee is from Rwiri washing station and is part of a larger cooperative group, Yagikawa Farmers Cooperative Society. Rwiri operates as most other cooperative collection stations in the region: as a central location where small farmers/coop members can deliver whole cherry for sale, processing, and eventual export outside of the country. The station itself is situated at 1750 meters above sea level, affording access to some of the highest farms in the area. Bourbon is the dominant cultivar in the region (as is the case in most of Burundi), a variety known for syrupy sweetness when grown in high altitudes. This is a fully washed coffee, wet-processed and dried on raised African beds at the Rwiri station.

Description from Coffee Shrub.