$18.25 | 12 oz bag
In recent years, the tiny village of Buziraguhindwa, Burundi, has become known for high-quality coffee—thanks in part to the work of Ramadhan Salum, the owner of the washing station where the town's coffee is processed. In 2010, Counter Culture became the first buyer to work with Ramadhan, and we have worked with him and his dedicated staff ever since to create unique coffees like this one. This washed lot is elegant and boasts big flavors of tangerine, black tea, and fig.
Although Burundi has been growing coffee for decades, great-tasting coffee arriving in the U.S. is a relatively new development. The delay can be attributed to a couple of factors: the country struggled for years due to civil war, and the coffee industry was fully state-controlled with a limited focus on quality. In 2010, a few years after the market was privatized by the government, we met Ramadhan Salum—who was building a washing station in Buziraguhindwa. We immediately fell in love with the area, believed in the team at the washing station, and committed to the coffee before the washing station produced a single bean. Now, more than seven years later, Ramdhan continues to experiment and work on projects to keep improving his coffee.