Burundi Cumba Washed


Roast: Light
Region: Cumba Community, Ngozi Province
Farm: Grown on smallholder farms near Cumba, processed at Nkanda Washing Station
Process: Washed
Altitude: 1,700-1,900m
Variety: Red Bourbon
Cup: Pear Nectar, Aromatic Bitters, Lemon Verbena

coffee cupping

Cupping Notes

This is a unique coffee you’re going to want to try!

The wait is over and Burundi is here! This summer and fall, we've been so pleased to bring our customers four different coffees from Burundi.

Burundi Cumba is a wonderful washed coffee. It's complex and vibrant. It’s everything we love about African coffees, with some added bonus.

This coffee boasts 3 extremely interesting notes. Here’s what we’re tasting:

Pear Nectar. This coffee has so much sweetness. We found the sweetness in your cup to best resemble pear juice in flavor, but with the mouthfeel and thickness of the body, we ultimately landed on pear nectar, which is thicker and sweeter.

Aromatic Bitters. This is part of what makes this Burundi so unique to us. There’s a complex blend of notes resembling both herbs and spices which reminded us of aromatic bitters. Bitters are often used in cocktails to tame intense acidities and balance flavors. We think the bitters found in this cup do something similar, resulting in a more complete final product.

Lemon Verbena. In addition to the super unique note of bitters, we also found something that reminded us of lemon verbena. You may have no idea what that even is, and that’s OK. Lemon verbena is a citrusy flowering plant in the Verbenaceae family. It is extremely aromatic with a lemon-like fragrance and sweetness. It is often used in teas and ice creams in edible applications, but also in soaps, lotions, and candles for its aromatic qualities. In this cup, it’s absolutely delicious and blends very well with the pear nectar base and complimentary bitters.

Combining these 3 notes, the end result almost resembles a sweet and floral cocktail. It’s not too good to be true!

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Farming Notes

Burundi is back at Peregrine, thanks again to our partners at Homage Coffee Source in Dallas. We want to give special thanks specifically to Jake Smith and his direct trade connections in East Africa. This is our third year working with him and his team to provide excellent coffees from the producers in Burundi.
Burundi Cumba is named after the community in Ngozi (part of Northern Burundi, near the border with Rwanda) where this coffee is grown by several small farmers. “Ngozi,” meaning “blessing” in the Kirundi language, has certainly been a blessing to the farmers who produce coffee there.
As I have mentioned with coffees from Burundi in the past, because of how geographically small Burundi is, it is the most coffee-dependent country in the world (as a percentage of its total GDP). We are so happy to have a relationship with the farmers in Burundi that is full of mutual blessings. Thanks to Jake and his team at Homage, we are able to pay well above the industry standard price for their coffees.
We are really happy to have another coffee specifically from Pierre Nzeyimana and his three sons. You may recognize his name as we have purchased coffees from him and his sons several times now. Pierre is actually responsible for what may be my (Arrott’s)  favorite coffee Peregrine has ever produced—our Burundi natural from 2020.
We hope to keep buying what he produces year after year because of its impeccable quality.