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Burundi Shembati

$ 19.00

Burundi Shembati is not your average African coffee by any means.
Burundian coffees generally have a considerable sweetness, and this coffee is an excellent example. This makes them great coffees for any method of brewing you prefer. I think it's fascinating.

The aroma is sweet, creamy cherry and spice. The cup is medium-bodied, and it has a punchy suggestion of a caramel chocolate cherry. The lingering finish smacks of spice with hints of baker's chocolate and nuttiness with every sip. It's remarkable, unusual, and delicious.

"Burundi Shembati is a very worthwhile addition to our repertoire." - Seth

"I never knew African coffees could be this SPECTACULAR!" - Naomi

Aroma: Sweet Creamy Spice and Cherry
Cup: Hints of Chocolate Cherry Caramel and a Punch of Spice
Lingering, with Hints of Baker's Chocolate and Nuttiness


About this Coffee

GROWER: Dukorere Ikawa Cooperative
REGION: Colline Burunga, Bururi Province, Burundi
ALTITUDE: 1,250 – 1,600 meters
PROCESS: Fully washed and dried in the sun
VARIETY: Bourbon
HARVEST: April - July
SOIL: Volcanic loam

Burundi Shembati is fully washed and sourced from family-owned farms organized around the Coffee Processing Company (CPC). The CPC was established in 2010 by Salum Ramadhan, who was born and raised in the Kayanza province of Burundi.

Salum operates 4 washing stations in Kayanza. All four stations reflect Salum’s passion for coffee and commitment to his community. Lots are meticulously separated fully traceable to harvest date and washing station. Each lot is classified through a strict protocol that includes hand sorting and floating the cherry.  Depulped coffee undergoes a three-part fermentation process: 16 hours of dry fermentation, another 14 hours of fermentation with water, and then washed and soaked in fresh water for 10 hours.

Salum pays well above the government minimum for cherries and pays farmers extra to sort them. He also encourages the farmers to keep and process unused cherries for personal consumption or to sell in the local market. Salum has a nursery program to distribute seedlings to farmers. He has also been paying to build additional classrooms to alleviate problems with overcrowding in the schools.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews
Becky Egly
Excellent Choice

Every order, I try a new coffee. This coffee is phenomenal!!!!

Kathy Williams
Deeply flavored coffee

The rich coffee notes of this coffee make it perfect for someone like me who uses cream. What a pleasure to wake up to this roast!

Vincent Fero
Excellent Taste

This is byfar the better of all the coffees I've bought from Bisbee Roasters. I really enjoy this one. I even mix some of these beans with others to enhance the flavor.

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Robert James Vandevoort
Our Day Begins with Old Bisbee Roasters

My wife and I have been fans of Old Bisbee Roasters for as long as we can remember. My professional career was outside the United States and many of the coffees offered by Old Bisbee Roasters I knew when I worked in those countries. Our mountain home has a walk-in pantry, and we always make sure that we have a good selection of coffee available!

gj Anderson
Great Brew

I particularly like this coffee. Read Seth's description he does better than I.