Cooked fruit and wheat flavors that bring to mind raspberry pie, hints of barley malt syrup and dried prune. Soft acidity and bittersweet at Full City, a note of dark cacao bar with crisped rice. City+ to Full City+.
|Processing||Dry Process (Natural)|
|Drying Method||Raised Bed Sun-Dried|
|Arrival date||February 2021 Arrival|
|Bag size||60 KG|
|Appearance||.6 d/300gr, 15-17 Screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City+ to Full City+|
Unlike wet processing, where the cherry and fruit are removed before drying, dry process coffees ("natural") are laid out with the cherry intact through the entire drying phase. With the fruit intact, dry times increase 3 to 4 fold, taking upwards to a month depending on weather. Dry process coffees tend to be fruit-forward, sometimes even "winey" in a slightly fermented flavor, bodied and acidity flattened to some degree. What we have here with Kibingo is a clean example of dry process coffee with a lot of fruit character, never quite reaching the "ferment" flavors. Kibingo Station is a coffee cherry collection site located in Kayanza, Burundi's northern province that borders neighboring Rwanda. The washing station acts as a central delivery site for a few thousand small holder famers who occupy the 18 hills that surround Kibingo. Kibingo sits at just under 1900 meters above sea level, and many of the farmers have coffee planted much higher than this. Kibingo is named after reeds that are growing in the river running alongside the station site, planted in order to help keep the soil at the banks from eroding. They've been around since the mid 1980s, and a couple years back, took 1st place at the Burundi Cup of Excellence competition, no small feat.
While this dry process Kibingo leads off with pretty "un-dry process" smells, the cup shows some of the berry and fruit flavors that you might expect given the process type. The fragrance and aroma subverted my expectations of fruited sweetness, producing more on the side of rustic, raw sugars and bittersweet smells instead. But the cup does not disappoint and that's where it counts, right? I pick up on sweet-wheat and cooked fruit flavors that bring to mind raspberry pie. Cooling off some, the coffee shows a rustic sweetness like barley malt syrup or other aromatic, unrefined sweeteners and the flavors unfold to a hint of dried prune. Acidity is on the mild to moderate side, showing the most brilliance in light roasts. Full City+ roasts marry bittersweet cocoa powder flavors to more subtle, dark fruit hints and the finish has a flavor of dark chocolate bar with crisped rice.