$18.25 | 12 oz bag
The coffee we buy from the village of Mpemba is produced by a small, dedicated cooperative called Kazoza N'Ikawa, which means “the future is the coffee.” Founded in 2012, the co-op has produced some of the most-refined, sweetest coffees in Burundi ever since. Look for citrus and plum notes that are complemented by a honey sweetness.
In 2009, we met the cooperative’s president, Germaine Simbayobewe, on our very first sourcing trip to Burundi. We were immediately struck by his passion for coffee. A few years later, we met Germaine again—this time at Mpemba—and saw his drive and seriousness manifest again in this new cooperative. The coffee from Mpemba is some of the best-picked and best-sorted coffee we have seen in Burundi, so we were not surprised in 2013 when Mpemba took fourth place in the Cup of Excellence. This is our fifth year working with Mpemba, and we are continually impressed with this small cooperative.