Burundi - Mpanga (Natural) - Filter

Last year we sourced the incredible Kibingo, which also came from the same region (Kayanza), which was famed for it's quality coffee output.

This year we have chosen two versions of the same coffee from Mpanga with different processes, to demonstrate the diversity and impact of their different processing techniques. This version is the natural process.

Why did we buy this coffee?

Mpanga natural (id1) was one of a series of excellent lots we cupped, when choosing our new season African filters. Kenyan coffee is prized for it's intensity & high acidity, but many Burundi coffees offer many of these characteristics too. Mpanga is a great example of this. This is the first of two lots we chose, to demonstrate as opposite ends of the spectrum that Burundi coffees offer.

What's good about it?

This coffee offers rich fruit flavours, great body and a fantastic intensity. We wanted one of the lots to focus on intensity over complexity, and this one fitted the bill perfectly.

What's the best way to serve this coffee?

Great as a batch brew or full immersion (such as a cafetiere), but excels as a pour over, especially as a V60 which brings out it's toffee intensity.

Flavour notes:

Blueberry, Fig & Toffee, with a descriptor of Intense.


We roast on Tue, Wed & Thurs. Your coffee will be roasted within 5 days of purchase, with a shelf life of 6 weeks (optimum serving point of 10-36 days).

Background info:

Mpanga is the name of the central washing station located in Kayanza Province, Northern Burundi. It is managed by Jean-Clement Birabereye - a 15-year coffee veteran, who oversaw the construction of the washing station back in 2008. The station processes coffee from approximately 3,400 smallholder farmers, who cultivate coffee on the hillsides that surround Kayanza, at elevations of up to 1,950 masl. To service these producers properly, Jean-Clement has ensured that the station is well-equipped to process volumes of specialty coffee and benefits from 450 drying beds and a McKinnon 6-disc pulping machine.

Mpanga processes roughly 1,500 tonnes of coffee per season, with each producer lot separated and named according to the hillside upon which the coffee was grown. Under Jean-Clement's guidance, Mpanga has achieved incredible results at the Burundi Cup of Excellence, finishing 1st and 3rd in the 2014 competition.
As a result of the hard work and diligence Jean-Clement has implemented, Mpanga has become highly regarded for its consistently clean and complex coffees. It's due to these cup qualities, alongside his focus and belief in motivating farmers meticulous harvesting and agricultural practices, that we have decided to work exclusively with Jean-Clement and Mpanga to source all of our 2018 Burundi coffees this season.

The flavour profile from the Kayanza region in Burundi is similar in a lot of ways to the southern Rwandan coffees like Huye Mountain. In fact, Huye Mountain is only about 60 miles from the Kayanza village, as the crow flies. However, we tend to find Kayanza coffees are more delicate in character and present more floral notes, such as jasmine, rose and orange blossom.
  • Coffee details:

    • Name: Mpanga 
    • Varietal: Red Bourbon
    • Process: Natural
    • Elevation: 1780-1950 MASL
    • Weight: 250g / 1KG
    • Roast: Filter