Créme Brûlée, Honeysuckle, Peach, Tart with a complex Spice Matrix
Burundi Pierre Nzeyimana Washed
This is the second lot we have purchased from the mill that Pierre runs with his three sons. We could not be more happy with this washed coffee. The grounds smell of fragrant flowers, just like a large honeysuckle bush. What comes to mind is milk and honey mixed with cereal notes like granola and malt. Crème Brûlée means burned cream, and this is the first thing I taste on the tongue–a complex interplay of sweet and bitterness. Honeysuckle nectar fills the cup and gives the acidity the mouth cleansing feel that Brurundi is known for, while finishing with a wonderful tartness that is like unripe peach. The spice undertones in the cup are quite intricate, and overlaid, and will satisfy those who love spiced coffees. Overall this coffee is a crowd pleaser and another reason why we love Burundi and plan to work with Pierre for a very long time.
This coffee is also a direct trade through Homage Coffee Source with Pierre Nzeyimana and his three sons. Pierre’s agricultural background began as a farmer of many crops for cereals and other products, as well as coffee. In 2002 he applied for a collection point manager role at a washing station in Ngozi, where he worked for about 10 years. Over the years, Pierre grew determined to open a washing station of his own; a station committed to excellence, and elevating the farmers he works with. In 2012, Pierre opened the doors of PROCASTA Nkanda Washing Station in Tangara Commune.
Pierre is a family man, and cares deeply about the entire community as if they are family. He and his wife Leoncia have been married 40 years, and have 3 sons. All 3 sons co-manage the washing station with Pierre, and once they each graduate from university, Pierre plans to phase himself out of the operation and let them take over. This year, when we asked Pierre about the strengths of Nkanda Washing Station, he immediately answered; “The farmers – they have put their trust in me, and I have put my trust in them.” And later, when we asked about his short term goals, Pierre’s first response was; “To make sure the farmers are happy” and “giving them a bonus.” We are proud of Pierre & PROCASTA Nkanda Washing Station, and we are honored to play a part in the work he is doing alongside the farmers in Tangara Commune.