Burundi Kivubo SWP Decaf

Burundi Kivubo SWP Decaf

Farm Description

This decaf version of Kivubo coffee is a real highlight of our most recent batch of decaf coffees that just arrived from the Swiss Water plant in Vancouver, Canada. Sweetness, acidity, cup clarity, and subtle top notes, Kivubo SWP Decaf holds it's own, and on a table of decafs, tastes much more like a "regular" brew. Kivubo Station is located in the Mutambu area of Bujumbura Province. The station acts as a collection site where farmers from the surrounding hillside can sell their whole coffee cherry after it is picked, and where that coffee will then be blended, wet processed, and dried on raised drying beds. Kivubo is one of several stations under an umbrella association that currently serves around 3,000 farmers, small-holder farms who on average are growing 200 coffee shrubs cultivated land adjacent to their homes. Like most of the region, Bourbon is the dominant varietal grown.

This coffee is part of our Farm Gate pricing program.

Cupping Notes

With the dry fragrance and wet aromatics showing smells of sweet raw sugar, dark caramel, bittersweet cocoa, and berry and stone fruit hints, this cup of decaf smells so much like the non-decaf Kivubo that's been such a hit around our warehouse (and with customers). I know we really hammer this point home, but it's a point worth hammering! "Decaf" does not have to equate to a cardboard-flavored brew, and with Swiss Water processing, the flavors and aromatic profile of the original coffee are still very much a part of the decaf'd coffee. Brewed, this is one sweet decaf, City+ roasts yielding layers of caramelized sugars, and a note of toffee malt. A ribbon of dark chocolate weaves through this, and I'm reminded of Rolo candies. As the cup cools, you're presented with a clean and clear flavor picture (especially for a decaf), acidity that's on the snappy side, and top notes that include accents of lemon rind and cinnamon stick, as well as a faint pumpernickel bread note that is probably a result of decaffeination, but does not detract from the cup. This is a versatile decaf, delicious at a fairly wide range of roasts, and with focused sweetness that shows well from City roast level on up to about Full City. I wouldn't go beyond Full City, as bittering/ashy flavors will take over. But anywhere north of Full City, and you're rewarded with a densely sweet cup!

December 2017 Arrival

Score

87.8

Lot Size

61 x 60 kg bags

Roast Recommendations

City to Full City; stay north of Full City+ as 2nd snaps brings out heavy bittering roast tones

Processing

Wet Process, then SWP Decaf

Varietal

Bourbon    

Grade & Appearance

.6 d/300gr, 15+ screen

Packaging

Shipped to us in GrainPro
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Available in 50 pound GrainPro packages for $274.00 ($5.48/pound) and in 100 pound GrainPro packages for $533.00 ($5.33/pound). Note that 100 pound bags must ship freight. Also available as a 300g sample.
Sampling FAQs

Bourbon trees ripening in the middle of the harvest

this ID follows this lot from the wet mill, to dry mill, to storage warehouse where it awaits shipment

At the drying beds is where a lot of the preliminary hand sorting of defects begins

 

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