New Coffee From Madcap: Kiryama, Burundi

We’re very exciting to be bringing in the first of Madcap Coffee Company’s African coffees for 2017’s.  Look for KIRYAMA, Burundi on our shelves later this week.  Kiryama is available in 12oz bags for home brewing and it will join Vice City Bean’s filtered menu shortly, giving you the opportunity to try this special coffee by the cup.


Ryan Knapp,
Co-Founder/Director of Coffee
Madcap Coffee Company

We began purchasing coffee from the Kayanza region in Burundi in 2009. I can still remember the first time I tasted Masha, the first coffee we bought from Burundi. I lost my sense of reality for a moment. The plum, blackberry, and lavender dominated the aromatics and the flavor was profoundly sweet with a heavy structure that could hold up to all of the intensity. Since then, we’ve continued to invest in coffees throughout Kayanza, having bought from there every year since and, in some cases, purchasing a handful of lots each year. Over the years, Kiryama has always held its place as our favorite and most prized of the cooperatives as this is the 5th season we’ve purchased coffee from Kiryama.

A view from Kiryama, Burundi

The tiny country of Burundi sits just below Rwanda in East Africa and the two countries actually share a lot of similarities in history, tribes, language, and even the coffee varieties they plant. Burundi faces more challenges than anywhere else we purchase from when it comes to producing and exporting outstanding coffee. With internal conflict, one of the lowest GDPs in the world, and being a landlocked country, the challenges Burundi faces are unlike anywhere else. Despite these obstacles we’ve been able to invest in these coffees from Burundi each season since 2009.

7 years after having my first “aha” Burundi moment, today, I was taken back to that moment again as I tasted our first production batch of Kiryama this season. It’s every bit as delicious as I remember any of these coffees ever tasting. All of the fruit, hibiscus, and jasmine were there. The body was thick yet seamless and sweetness dominated the cup. These coffees offer something very special with a profile that you won’t find anywhere else in the world and versatility I’d recommend for any brewing method. We have 25 bags of this coffee and expect to have it on board for about 3 months.

Cheers.

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