Burundi - Gakenke Natural
Washing Station: Gakenke
Cultivars: 100% Red Bourbon
Altitude: 1672 masl
Harvest: April - June 2019
Packaging: 60 Kg w/ GrainPro
Notes: Strawberry, winey, cloves, cacao
Ikawa profile: http://bit.ly/2M3uMa7
Preparation: Both, Espresso and filter
Gakenke is a coffee station in Gatara Commune, Kayanza Province of Burundi. Farmers grow mostly older bourbon types, the original coffee cultivar introduced to the area in the 1930s by Catholic monks traveling from the island of Reunion. Gakenke sits at 1,672 meters above sea level, and many of the farmers have coffee planted much higher than this.
Gakenke is named after a plant that grows wild in the area with thin, hollow stems that are commonly used to drink the locally made banana beer.
Gakenke pulls clean water from the Rivubo river that runs alongside the station site. During the harvest season 1,900 local coffee farmers from 22 neighboring villages sell their coffee to Gakenke, where it is processed as fully washed and naturally in whole cherry.
The green coffee is delivered in transparent and resealable 0.5 kg, 1 kg, 2 kg, and 5 kg protective bags.