Before there was a Burundi Cup of Excellence there was something else called the Prestige Cup. I went, I cupped, I swam in the pool.
It’s weird for me to fly a long way, visit a beautiful coffee-producing country, and not visit a coffee farm. Well, this trip was out-of-season for the coffee harvest. It was a cuppingCupping is a method of tasting coffee by steeping grounds in separate cups for discrete amounts of ground coffee, to reveal good flavors and defects to their fullest.... ...more competition, which happens after all the coffee is off the trees and in the dry millA facility that accepts dried coffee cherry and mechanically separates the coffee bean from the dried fruit and parchment layer. The facility can be highly mechanized, as in... ...more generally.
So my camera kept me amused and the coffee tasting event was solid. Here are some pictures from this 2011 event! -Thompson