East Africa is home to some of the world’s favorite coffees (mine included) and Burundi is no exception. The country has rich, volcanic soil and gets plenty of rainfall, giving it an ideal growing climate, specifically in the center, north, and east regions of the country. In fact, there are five main growing regions:
Buyenzi produces the country’s best coffees and has two sub-regions: Kayanza and Ngozi. Elevations here are upwards of 6,000 feet and produce coffees with citrus notes and high acidity.
In general, coffee grown in Burundi is clean and bright thanks to their use of Kenyan double washed processing with citrus and blueberry notes. Some of the country’s highest-altitude coffees, grown as high as 7,500 feet above sea level, will have more fruity, floral, and honey-like flavors.