Burundi - Gakenke (Cherry, Blackcurrant and Vanilla)
- Red Bourbon
- Washed 14 hour fermentation
- 1672 MASL
A stunning juicy coffee that is incredible as a Filter, amazing cold in the summer. Don't miss out we only have this in limited qty.
The 2016 harvest was Raw Materials first year importing directly from Burundi; "We partnered with a new export partner who shares similar social values as ourselves".
Gakenke was built in 1991 and purchases its cherry from 2685 farmers, who collectively farm 406 acres of land surrounding the washing station. Gakenke has placed highly in several of the Cup of Excellence competitions.
The washing station encourages producers to pick and deliver only the ripest cherries. Before coffee is delivered to the mill, the washing station has a pre-delivery area where farmers float, hand sort, and re-float their cherry before delivery. Cherry is then weighed, and the farmers receive a payment equivalent to the local market rate. They are then paid a quality premium at the end of the season. Their total price per kilo of cherry paid was an average of 490 Burundian Francs (BIF), this being 27% more than the market price of 360 BIF/kg for the 2016 season. In addition to this, each producer was paid a 20 BIF/kg bonus prior to Christmas.
After floating and hand sorting, coffee is delivered to the mill where it is then passed through the pulper removing all skin and mucilage. Coffee is then run through a serpentine to remove any additional floaters where it fermented for 12 hours, before being laid out to dry. The coffee is continuously moved throughout the day to ensure even drying; covered at night to preserve heat to ensure drying occurs as evenly as possible.