Like never before, you'll be able to try two coffees coming from the same place but processed in different ways! Processing is what happens to the coffee cherries after they've been picked. These two Burundi coffees are each produced from same region but you'll be able to get a glimpse at the difference processing can make in the tasting notes!
Natural (Dry Process)
Cherries get picked and sorted then laid out on beds that are like nets/screens to allow airflow. workers will then turn and move the cherries to ensure even drying. In the end, the cherries morph from bright red plump fruits to having a sort of raisin-look to them. Fermentation happens inside the cherries during this process and you end up with lots of chemicals that taste fruity. Naturals tend to be sweet, have lots of sweet notes like berries or tropical fruits.
Washed (Wet Process)
Cherries are picked and sorted and then run through a variety of water-filled channels and tanks to separate out bad cherries. Then they are run through a processing mill to break-up and remove the bright red skins. After that, they are moved to fermentation tanks. The water in these tanks have microbes that eat and digest the mucilage (fruit) off the beans over a period of hours to days. After all the fermentation, the beans, which still have a layer of hulling around it, are dried slowly for quite a long time. The hull protects the beans from picking up weird flavors and then is removed in a dry mill. Washed coffees are thought by many to be a more "pure" representation of the actual coffee. They do tend to be cleaner and the flavors tend to be more separable from others, so they have more clarity.
A local leader of a producer group in Kayanza Province, perhaps Burundi’s best known coffee terroir, decided to seek JNP’s partnership. For groups like his, JNP has established the “Dushime” program (dushime in Kirundi translates to “let’s be thankful”), which provides quality consulting, lot selection, marketing to JNP’s buyer community, and end-of-year premiums. This coffee, created from two distinct processing lots, has been titled Incuti, which translates to “relative”, and is often used to mean ‘’friend” in Kirundi.
This bundle includes:
- Burundi Incuti (Washed)
- Burundi Incuti (Natural)