Thompson brought back some extensive video from his recent trips to Rwanda and Burundi.
“Usually I combine the trip to neighbors Rwandan coffee was, at one time, rarely seen in the United States as either a Specialty grade or low-end commercial coffee. There simply was not that much coffee produced in Rwanda that went anywhere besides More and Burundi coffee bears resemblance to neighboring Rwanda, in both cup character, but also the culture surrounding coffee. Burundi is a small landlocked country at the crossroads of East and Central Africa, straddling the crest of More since their harvest seasons line up. In fact I usually just cross the border in the South of Rwanda on foot, and meet up with out Burundi partners in the northern district of Kayanza.
These videos aren’t fancy, but they are also a way I take notes (besides actually taking notes, which I do… a lot!) Makes sense to share my notes and what I see and learn along the way”
Rwanda Coffee Processing at Gitesi Washing Station
Burundi Dry Process (Natural) Coffee
Tom comments on Dry process coffee is a method for taking the fruit from the tree to an exportable green bean. The whole intact coffee cherry is dried in the sun with the green bean inside. Later it More coffee as he takes a look at coffee cherries drying on Raised beds, also referred to as "african-style beds" are elevated beds used for drying coffee when dry-processing.: Raised beds, also referred to as "african-style beds" are elevated beds used for drying coffee when dry-processing. Coffee More in Burundi (not Ethiopia is the birthplace of coffee: it is in the forests of the Kaffa region that coffee arabica grew wild. Coffee is "Bun" or "Buna" in Ethiopia, so Coffee Bean is quite possibly a poor More).
Burundi Wet Processing Practices
Here’s a look at wet processed coffee in Burundi….and some shots of the work performed in the A coffee mill might mean a coffee grinder, but we usually use the term to refer to a coffee processing facility, either a Wet-Mill or a Dry Mill. A wet mill will be part of More. When we focus on things like technique and equipment in a mill, I think we forget that it’s the human labor that is truly the determining factor in quality. Hopefully that aspect receives proper attention in the video: