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Burundi l Kayanza l Nimu Silas l Washed

Country: Burundi

Varietal: Local Heirloom

Processing: Washed Process

Altitude: 1700 - 2000 metres above sea level

Owner: Nimu Silas

Town / City: Kayanza

Crop year: 2021

Score: 88

 

Dry Aroma: Vanilla

On Crust: Velvety, sweet fig

On Filter: Red Fruit Fig, Prunes, Velvety Body, Very Sweet, Jasmine with Milk Chocolate Finish

On Espresso: Plum, Cane Sugar, Lingering Floral with Milk Chocolate Finish 

Roaster short comment:

We bought this coffee from the same region in 2015. We still remember roasting this coffee at Tiong hoe cafe for our pop-up event. It was so memorable for us that we decided to bring this coffee in again. 

We cupped this coffee before we bought it, this coffee reminds us of Ethiopian coffee but it has more structure and body to it. If you are someone looking for multi-layer coffee, this one is for you. Red fruits fig hits you first followed by red prunes, then a hint of red grapes. Interestingly, this coffee will end off with a chocolate milk finish when it cools.

Coffee information:

This washed coffee is a selection of high-quality bourbon beans from all four of Salum Ramadhan's washing stations in Burundi. Nimu Silas is the name of Salum's quality manager, and this lot was crafted specifically by Nimu out of cherries they received from small-holders across all of their different washing stations. Salum and Nimu are extremely detail-oriented when it comes to their beans - multiple rounds of hand-sorting and rigorous production protocols produce honey, natural, and washed coffees with exceptional clarity of flavor. Competition is fierce in Burundi for high-quality coffee, so Salum and Nimu often pay well above market price to secure cherry from their favorite small-holders and invest in local infrastructure projects that will help farmers grow coffee and deliver it to the washing station.

Nimu Silas is essentially a greatest hits album of African coffee flavors. There's a juicy plum note, raw cane sugar sweetness, and a strong floral quality that's evident even in the aroma of the brew. It makes sense that the coffee named after the quality manager would be a showstopper, but we were still blown away by how enjoyable this cup is.