George Howell
Burundi Gitwe Hill Farmers

Roaster Location: Flag of United States Acton, Massachusetts


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Bean Source Country: Burundi
Bean Source Region: Kayanza
Varietal: French Mission Bourbon
Process: Washed

From the roaster:

The mouthfeel is smooth with notes of brown sugar, grape, and a hint of blackberry.

Small farmers in the area of Gitwe Hill, adjoining the dense forests of Kibira National Park, deliver ripe cherry to the Heza washing station, built by them and Long Mile Coffee. The Bourbon variety grown here may be an ancestor of Kenya’s great SL28. The mouthfeel is smooth with notes of brown sugar, grape, and a hint of blackberry on the finish.

Elevation: 6,750 feet MASL

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Latest Reviews and Tasting Notes

  • Victoria S-C

    409 roasts rated, avg score of 4.32

    4.50 - Average

    Delicious! Definitely get the grape, and some maple. Fruity and smooth.
    8 months ago · See more from Victoria
  • Theodore (Ted) Chan, Managing Editor

    1108 roasts rated, avg score of 4.28

    4.50 - Average

    4.50 - Aroma

    4.50 - Value

    4.50 - Finish

    4.50 - Flavor

    4.50 - Acidity

    5.00 - Balance

    I cupped this multiple times, and it was between 4.5 and 5 stars when it came down to grading it.

    I get the grape character and some tropical flavors, all in a nice acidity. There's some natural sweetness - bag says brown sugar, I get maple, but splitting hairs. It's very nicely balance and smooth - I really enjoyed this coffee.

    Cupping Method:Chemex 2x, Hario v60 once

More Details

Bean Source Country: Burundi
Burundi is a small landlocked East African nation. Grown predominantly on the high-altitude slopes of the country's mountainous regions, Burundi coffee benefits from rich volcanic soils and favorable climate conditions, which impart a vibrant acidity and pronounced fruitiness to the beans. Burundian coffee often has nuanced notes of red fruit, such as cherry, currant, and raspberry, while lending it a delicate floral undertone. This harmonious blend of flavors is further complemented by a medium body, crisp citrus brightness, and a lingering sweet finish, making Burundian coffee a sought-after (and sometimes hard-to-find) treasure in specialty coffees.
Bean Source Region: Kayanza
The Kayanza region in Burundi is one of the prime coffee-growing areas in the country, situated at elevations ranging from 1,700 to 2,200 meters above sea level. This region enjoys a temperate tropical highland climate, characterized by well-distributed rainfall and moderate temperatures, providing ideal conditions for cultivating Arabica coffee beans. The area's fertile volcanic soil, enriched with essential nutrients, contributes to the unique flavor profile of Kayanza coffee, which is often described as bright and complex, featuring floral and fruity notes along with a full-bodied richness. Smallholder farmers dominate the landscape, often working collectively in cooperatives to improve production quality and sustainability. The coffees from this region have increasingly gained international acclaim, participating and excelling in various specialty coffee competitions.

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George Howell is a coffee roaster from Acton, MA United States. We have 38 cataloged roasts with 29 total reviews with a score of 4.33.

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