Just in time for the lazy, hazy days of July, this fresh crop Burundi Ninga from Vashon Coffee Company is a summertime picnic in a mug. You’ll taste big, sweet notes of juicy watermelon, fresh peaches, and cherry popsicles within the light, fruit-punch body, and a sugary, sparkling finish with a touch of rose-hibiscus florals. This is an elegant, effervescent cup that showcases some of the best coffee we’ve ever tasted from up-and-coming Burundi.
We’re all smiles for Long Miles, a family initiative that has spearheaded a massive improvement in coffee from Burundi within the past few years. Not many people could imagine moving to East Africa with young children, dedicating themselves to improving the lives of thousands of coffee growers, but Americans Ben and Kristi Carlson did just that. Their washing station, built in 2013, serves the community of Ninga Hill, close to the border of Rwanda. Like other East African coffees, Burundi coffee is bright and sweet, but delicate, with an interplay of citrus, berries, and florals that can be spectacularly clean and complex. Of all the Burundi coffee we’ve tasted, nothing’s come close to the sheer amount of fruit flavor and sugary sparkle of this one.
If you only try one special summer coffee this year, make it the watermelon-candy Burundi Ninga from Vashon Coffee Company. It’s even more delicate when chilled, with a lovely balance of florals and big, lush, popsicle-fruit flavors. Reserve a bag today and brew up a swoon-worthy taste of sweet summer watermelon you won’t have to share with the kids. Do we hear the hammock calling…?