Yagikawa excels at City+ and beyond yielding opaque body, turbinado sugar, molasses, cinnamon and ginger spice, and cocoa powder. City+ to Full City+. Good for espresso.
|Region||Rwiri, Kayanza Province|
|Processing||Wet Process (Washed)|
|Drying Method||Raised Bed Sun-dried|
|Arrival date||January 2019 Arrival|
|Bag size||60 KG|
|Appearance||.4 d/300 grams; 15+ Screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City+ to Full City+|
|Recommended for Espresso||Yes|
This coffee is from Yagikawa Farmers Cooperative Society in Kayanza Province, Burundi. Yagikawa operates as most other cooperative collection stations in the region: as a central location where small farmers/coop members can deliver whole cherry for sale, processing, and eventual export outside of the country. The hand labor that goes into these coffees is apparent when looking at the green beans and roasted coffee, with very few defects found. This significantly adds to cup consistency from one brew batch to the next. The station itself is situated at 1750 meters above sea level, affording access to some of the highest farms in the area. Bourbon is the dominant cultivar in the region (as is the case in most of Burundi), a variety known for syrupy sweetness when grown in high altitudes. This is a fully washed coffee, wet-processed and dried on raised African beds at the station.
Yagikawa has cooked sugar and baking spice sweetness in the fragrance and aroma. Our City+ roast had a dark cola smell, along with raw sugar and a ginger powder accent. City+ roasts brew up a big-bodied cup with silky mouthfeel. It's chocolatey from the outset, and unrefined sweetness ala turbinado or sugar-in-the-raw more than match the intensity of cocoa powdery roast tones. The cooling coffee yields baked apple and cinnamon powder accent notes and a sweet herbal flavor that is brisk and mouth-cleansing. A molasses sweet undertone holds up to darker roasting and Full City+ roasts produce balanced sweetness and bittering cocoa roast flavors. Espresso shots have opaque body and the flavors at Full City and Full City+ revolve around Hershey's chocolate syrup, baking cocoa powder and complex cinnamon spice and licorice notes accenting the finish.