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Apple-like brightness dominates the cup profile of Teka with both red apple and pear. The sweetness is more akin to Asian pear, and as the cup cools more like ripe black cherry. A darker roast level shows more of the toasted almond, caramel and cream notes with acidity more like hibiscus or rose. Teka has an extremely clean finish, pleasantly dry, like black tea. City to Full City.
Teka is from Sogestal Kirimiro, and is located in a unique region far from where Kayanza and Ngozi lots are coming from. It is not far from Gitega, and has good access to roads with a relatively short trip from Teka to Bujumbura. Teka is situated at a dizzying 1938 meters, and is the highest elevation washing station in Burundi. Teka has access to very clean water due to their altitude and their proximity to a forest preserve, which aids in their traditional Burundi style double fermented coffee processing. In a survey of all the cooperatives, Teka was ranked as one of the top 5 stations in Burundi based on Coop management, ecology and coffee quality. The coffee jumped out on the cupping table in our trips to Burundi two years ago and we visited again last year to see harvest in full swing. We are really happy with the arrival of this coffee once again, coming as a counterpoint to the Central America harvest, and when our offerings from Latin countries thins out. The cup has similar brightness and balance to some washed Centrals, although I wouldn't imply they are entirely similar. The coffee is a small, physically ... 15+ screen size.
Teka is a floral coffee with great sweetness and fruit notes. Spiced apple cider (mulling spice) and caramel set the tone for Teka in the dry fragrance. Caramel sweetness permeates the crust, while the same sweet baking spice and creme caramel appear on the break. Apple-like brightness (malic acidity) continues to dominate the cup profile of Teka with both red apple and pear. The sweetness is more akin to Asian pear, and as the cup cools more like ripe black cherry. A darker roast level shows more of the toasted almond, caramel and cream notes with acidity more like hibiscus or rose. Teka_‹_s finish is extremely clean and pleasantly dry like black tea. We pulled some really beautiful unblended espresso shots from it, loaded with dark berry, black currant and tea notes.