Intelligentsia Coffee

Burundi Karyenda

Tangerine, black plum, sugarcane.

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12oz / whole bean / free shipping

Floral and fragrant, this silky smooth coffee offers tangerine and black plum notes up front, undergirded with sugarcane and hints of almond and vanilla. Acidity is juicy (think tangerine) with sweet tea notes in the finish.

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This specialty lot is from Butegana, the first coffee washing station purchased by Greenco when it set up operations in Burundi in 2015. The company has added a dozen more since then, but Butegana still sets the standard for quality.

Intelligentsia has been sourcing coffee for their Burundi Karyenda from Greenco since it was founded in 2015. This year’s offering comes from Greenco’s Butegana coffee washing station (CWS), nestled in the northern corner of Burundi in the Kayanza Commune of Kayanza Province. It’s a lush agricultural area, the source of the Nile river, and arguably the heart of the country’s specialty coffee sector.

North, Burundi

Located midway between the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, Burundi has been called "the heart of Africa." It is a country of greens and blues and rich earth tones: sky, water, land, trees. Three social groups, the Hutu, the Tutsi, and the Twa share a language (Kirundi) and a lifestyle. Agriculture and livestock are their mainstay, and though there have been past tribal conflicts, they now live together on the same hills, attend the same schools, and grow the same crops—including coffee.

Approximately 800,000 families are involved in some aspect of coffee production, and all told, Burundi boasts of over 25 million coffee trees. As an administrative language, French predominates, though use of English is on the rise, and Swahili is prominent as a trade language in cities and along Lake Tanganyika.

Elevation of farm/coop/mill: m.a.s.l.

Chicago, IL

Intelligentsia Coffee

Founded in 1995, this Chicago-based institution got its start roasting on vintage equipment within its first coffeebar. At the time, finding great tasting, freshly roasted coffee was surprisingly elusive. So, Doug Zell and Emily Mange decided to do something about it. They didn’t set out to change the world, just a small corner of it, and they certainly did just that, pioneering Direct Trade practices in the coffee industry before that really became a thing. Because of this, they were able to develop and source exclusive, remarkable coffees not found elsewhere.

Fast forward to today: with a focus on consistency, quality, and sustainability, Intelligentsia continues to be an industry pioneer, traveling the world to source the finest specialty coffee and roasting those beans at their Chicago and Los Angeles locations. True to their original quest, they believe that coffee in all its forms—whole bean, brewed, and espresso—should be an approachable, accessible luxury. For Intelligentsia, making coffee a memorable addition to any experience and making the act of preparing and enjoying a cup of coffee an experience in and of itself are key passions.

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