Burundi A Kayanza Matraco
This fantastic coffee comes to us Matraco, a Burundi producer who has won 4 cup of excellence awards in the last 6 years! You can taste the pedigree in this very balanced and delicious cup.
Arrival Date: January 4th, 2019
Acidity & Brightness: Crisp and sweet
Balance & Finish: Very balanced, clean finish
Body & Texture: Medium body, smooth
Flavors: Lime zest, nectarine, black tea and sugar
Grade: A - Large Beans, very dense, 1800-1950 meters above sea level
Processing: Fully washed, hand-picked, sun dried
Roasting: We prefer this coffee between City Plus and Full City (Light-medium to Medium). You'll still get plenty of body even when the coffee is on the light side and you'll be able to enjoy the more subtle flavors. You could take it as dark as Full City Plus (Medium-Dark) and still keep the sweetness and balance, but you'll begin to miss the crisp front end.
Reminder: This is raw coffee. You have to roast it before brewing
The Matsitsi Trading Coffee SU (or Matraco) company was founded in 2015 and is owned by Mr. Matsitsi, a coffee producer who oversees Matraco’s three washing stations and over 10,000 trees. Two of these washing stations are in the Kayanza province and one other is under construction in the Muyinga province. The two washing stations in Kayanza are some of the best around and have won Cup of Excellence awards in the 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2017 competitions. Matraco is focused on fine-tuning its production process while promoting ethical trade and environmental protection.
Burundi is such an underrated coffee source when compared to it's neighboring giants like Kenya and Ethiopia, and the coffee coming from this country gets better and better every year. Characteristically gentle and subtle, most of the coffees we've been getting from Burundi have been crisp yet sweet with a tea like body and exceptional balance. If Kenya is big, bold red wine, Burundi is crisp, sweet white wine.
In fact, it's better to compare it to Ethiopian coffee. Not the twisty, funky natural processed Ethiopian coffee, but the washed varieties. Expect a crisp front end, an easy-going body and a pleasantly clean finish. The flavors are very well balanced between slightly tangy and and sweet. We noted lime zest, nectarine, black tea and sugar. If you're a fan of light roasting and understated coffees, you'll love this one. Be sure to try it black before adding milk and sugar!