New to our single origin offering this week is the Burundi Gakenke Natural. This coffee is super winey with hints of rockmelon, strawberry, jasmine, red grape and pink grapefruit.

Gakenke processes more than 750 tons of coffee, all grown in Burundi’s volcanic soil that sits at an altitude of 1,672m. Coffee is laid out to dry on well-maintained drying beds. Grass and weeds are managed and removed from below the beds to ensure no additional moisture raising from the ground during the drying stage. Drying beds stretch across a large open plain where air flow and sunlight have maximum exposure to the coffee as it dries.

The Gakenke washing station was built in 1991 in the Gatara Commune in the Kayanza province. Gakenke (akarere) is named after the plants that are found in this region called imikenke. These plants have thin, hollow stems which people cut to use as a straw to drink the locally made banana beer.