Burundi Ngozi Bavyeyi Natural
This delicious coffee comes to us from JNP coffee, which is doing incredible work with the producers of Burundi. This particular lot is a natural with a lengthy processing time, making for a slightly more mild and accessible cup than you'd find in a comparable Ethiopian natural. It's zesty and juicy with notes of orange, raspberry, pineapple and dark cherry.
Arrival Date: March 12th, 2021
Acidity & Brightness: Zesty brightness, sweet
Balance & Finish: Slightly complex, dry winey finish
Body & Texture: Full body, silky
Flavors: Orange zest, raspberry, pineapple and dark cherry.
Grade: A - Large Beans, very dense, grown at 1800 masl
Processing: Natural, dried on raised beds
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 zesty front end.
Reminder: This is raw coffee. You have to roast it before brewing
Review: "Jeanine Niyonzima-Aroian, the founder of JNP Coffees, is without a doubt one of the most influential individuals in Burundi coffee today. After a few years marketing Burundi coffees stateside for friends and family, Jeanine realized she had every reason to lead the business, and JNP Coffee was born. JNP Coffee is highly focused on women’s empowerment, and along with a few local women’s rights advocates, formulated the Burundi chapter of the International Women’s Coffee Alliance. Producer groups of women and men alike, can qualify for JNP’s new “DushimeTM” program, which delivers the same kind of post-harvest premiums as IWCA has since 2013. On top of competitive pricing, JNP coffee also returns second payments to farmers and investing in opportunities for education and community building. The producer group behind this coffee is named Bavyeyi which means “parents,’’ a name given to honor the generations of hardworking parents, like Jeanine’s, whose labor in coffee (something many farming families either do not consume or cannot afford to consume) provides shelter, nourishment, and educational opportunities to their children. Bavyeyi is women-owned and works closely with JNP Coffee’s trained Q Graders in Burundi on best quality practices and lot curation. Indeed, this coffee itself is comprised of five unique processing lots from different days throughout harvest. Drying naturals in the high and cool Ngozi climate is a painstakingly slow process, often taking 45 to 60 days to complete, during which the coffee is continuously circulated for even air exposure. Despite having one of the longest drying periods in the world, the cup profile is noticeably mild in process, expressing a piqued raisin sweetness, rich almond paste, and brisk orange acidity." -Royal Coffee
I can't say enough about this outstanding coffee and both our coffees from JNP (here's the washed one from the same region). We're big supporters of the work they're doing both for the farmers as well as the coffee! As big lovers of Natural processed coffee, we were immediately attracted to this one in particular. The lengthy drying time offers slightly more balance and subtlety than a comparable natural Ethiopian coffee. We feel like this keeps the twisty-ness of the process intact while making it more accessible to a wider audience who otherwise might be turned off by the "over-the-top" nature of many natural Ethiopians. It's got a juicy and sweet front end with a surprisingly full body and complex notes of zesty orange, juicy raspberry and pineapple along with sweet dark cherry. Pair it with our Fully Washed Burundi to see the difference processing makes!