REGION: Cibitoke, Bukinanyana
FARM: Sehe Smallholders
FLAVOUR: Beeren , Vanille, funky
berry vanilla, funky
great as espresso
The washing station, Sehe, is located at 1750 meters and the coffees are harvested up to 2000 meters.
This is the producer Salum Ramadhan's latest investment and his 4th washing station.
It's located in Shibitoke province and is Salums only washing station outside of the Kayanza province.
Yet its very close by in distance, but flavors tend to be different.
Salums assistant Nimu Silas is managing all the qualities by implementing great routines and protocols on cherry selection, processing and drying.
One lot consists of coffee from many smallholders surrounding the washing stations.
The lot separation is normally based on the days of picking, the area from where the cherries are produced and the process it self.
This coffee is processed as a natural.
They have gotten really good experience with their naturals the past few years.
And its been improved a lot. They are generally making naturals when they have great cherry quality coming in and when they have enough capacity on the tables to do it properly. The cherries are soaked in water to remove all floaters.
They spread it out in a single layer about the first 2 days while they are sorting out immature, deceased and overripe cherries.
It's also to get it dried faster in the beginning of the drying cycle as that seems to create a cleaner and brighter profile in their environment. After the 2 - 3 first days they slowly build up the layers, and are moving and turning the cherries on the table multiple times pr day.
This year he pays 100 Burundian Francs pr kg above the minimum cherry prices and another 50 Francs pr kg when the coffees are sold.
He's also having nurseries to give seedlings to the farmers as well as help them with compost based on e.g. pulp from the washing station, and have some programs with animal dung.