Burundi Masha Washed

  • Country: Burundi

    Region: Gihororo, Kayanza

    Farmer/Grower: 2000+ growers with 200-250 trees each

    Washing Station: Masha

    Varieties: Red Bourbon

    Processing: Washed

    Altitude: 1670 m.a.s.l.

    Humidity: 10.9 %

    Density:  1.15 g/ml

    Harvest Date: July, 2020

    Arrival Date: April, 2021

    Grade: A

    Marks: 027/0001/0951

    SCA Cupping Score: 85.5

  • Anise fragrance, molasses, port wine, almond, with savory herbal notes. Definitely a unique cup profile!
  • This coffee has a wide range of flavors that really shine in the darker side of light roasts up through the lighter side of dark roasts. We prefer to drink this coffee at that light/medium roast level to show the broad range from port wine to pleasant herbal notes.

About the coffee:

Masha coffee washing station shares its name with the sub-hill upon which it stands. The sub-hill is actually more famous for its cattle than its coffee. The name Masha comes from the Kirundi word “amasho”, meaning “herds of cattle”. The sub-hill has been a crossroad for many herds in the region. Many of the local herders greet each other with a unique phrase only used in this region. They say, “gira amasho”, which means “owner of cows”. 

Masha station was built in 1989. The majority of farmers who deliver cherries are subsistence farmers. Farmers intercrop their trees with food crops and other cash crops to feed and support their families.

Many trees in Burundi are Red Bourbon. Because of the increasingly small size of coffee plantings, aging rootstock is a very big issue in Burundi. Many farmers have trees that are over 50 years old, but with small plots to farm, it is difficult to justify taking trees entirely out of production for the 3-4 years it will take new plantings to begin to yield. In order to encourage farmers to renovate their plantings, Greenco purchases seeds from the Institut des Sciences Agronomiques du Burundi (ISABU), establishes nurseries and sells the seedlings to farmers at or below cost. At the washing station, farmers can also get organic fertilizer derived from composted coffee pulp.

Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
Tom Gresham
Definitely a keeper

Definite herbal notes, the port wine seems to come through with a slight dryness in the finish. Nice body and there is a lingering nuttiness.
This coffee would seem to be one to keep around.

Meg Le Vu
loving this

What a great price on a very high end coffee!

John Uriarte
Very Unique Coffee

The first sip of this coffee caught me off guard. An herbal, maybe anise, note popped up front that was unexpected. Such a unique taste. Then a sweeter molasses taste backed it up at the end. I found myself looking at the bottom of an empty cup wishing I had more. I loved this coffee! I can't wait to go to bed tonight so I can wake up and have another cup of it.