BURUNDI KAYANZA MASHA STATION

BURUNDI KAYANZA MASHA STATION

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DARK SUGAR, BAKING SPICES, CINNAMON, CARAMEL

This coffee from Masha has spiced sweetness in the dry fragrance, a mixture of baking spices and dark, raw sugars. The roasts smell very clean, and the wet aroma takes on characteristics of cinnamon-laced caramel. Masha is a clean tasting coffee too and an example of just how versatile Burundi coffees can be. The cup is sweet, with base flavors coming across like sugar in the raw, cream caramel, and light brown sugar. The level of sweetness ranks really high on our cupping graph and it's one of the last characteristics in the aftertaste. As it cools, the coffee notes are cinnamon powder along with subtle hints of apple and pear at the lighter end of the roast spectrum, culminating in flavour reminiscent of caramel apples. Masha is well worth a run through your espresso machine if you're looking for a single origin espresso option that offers flavors of sweetened cocoa and spiced highlights.

ABOUT: FARM NOTES

Masha Station is a coffee cherry collection site located in Kayanza, Burundi's northern province that borders neighboring Rwanda. The washing station acts as a central delivery site for a few thousand small holder famers who occupy the hills surrounding Masha. The name comes from the Kirundi word "amasho" that means "herds of cattle", which makes sense seeing that cattle herding just might rival coffee farming in the Masha region! Farmers grow mostly older bourbon types, the original coffee cultivar introduced to the area in the 1930s by Catholic monks traveling from the island of Reunion. Masha coffee washing station ("CWS") sits at just under 1700 meters above sea level, and many of the farmers have coffee planted much higher than this. They've been around since 1989, and in 2012 were top placement in Burundi Cup of Excellence competition, no small task.

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