From Muyinga to Your Mug: The Sweet Symphony of Hafi Coffee

Getting to know ‘Hafi’ Coffee Specialty from Burundi

Our latest addition, ‘Hafi’, is an exciting new entry into the world of specialty coffees, originating from the vibrant coffee culture of Burundi. The name ‘Hafi’ means ‘close’ in Kirundi, reflecting both its cultural roots and the intimate connection between the land and the coffee it produces. This specialty coffee from Burundi offers an intriguing blend of flavours and aromas, capturing the essence of its unique origin.

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The unique Territory of Muyinga

Terroir, a term borrowed from the wine industry, plays a crucial role in the world of coffee, encapsulating the unique environmental factors that influence the growth and flavour of coffee beans. Hafi’s terroir is rooted in the remote Muyinga province of Burundi, a region known for its challenging yet rewarding coffee farming conditions. The farmers in this area face significant logistical hurdles, including the necessity to travel up to 20 kilometres to deliver their coffee cherries. Despite these challenges, the unique environmental conditions of Muyinga, characterised by its high altitude and fertile soil, contribute significantly to the distinctive qualities of our Hafi coffee.

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The Bourbon Variety

The Bourbon variety of coffee, renowned for its rich and complex flavour profile, is the foundation of our Hafi coffee specialty. This variety has a storied history, originating from the island of Bourbon (now Réunion) and spreading to various coffee-growing regions worldwide. Bourbon coffee plants are known for their resilience and ability to produce high-quality beans, making them a favourite among coffee connoisseurs. The decision to cultivate Bourbon for Hafi coffee was driven by its potential to develop deep, sweet flavours with a touch of acidity, perfectly suited to the territory of Muyinga.

Natural Processing Method

The natural processing method, also known as dry processing, is one of the oldest and most traditional methods of preparing coffee. This process involves drying the entire coffee cherry, which allows the fruit’s sugars to infuse the bean, enhancing its sweetness and complexity. For our Hafi coffee, natural processing amplifies its inherent fruity notes, bringing out vibrant flavours of dried cherries and blackberries. This method requires meticulous attention to detail and optimal weather conditions to ensure even drying and prevent over-fermentation, ultimately contributing to the high-quality taste of the final product.

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Growing Conditions and Altitude

Altitude is a critical factor in coffee cultivation, influencing everything from the bean’s density to its flavour profile. Our Hafi coffee is grown at an elevation of 1,715 metres, a height that promotes slow maturation of the coffee cherries. This slower growth allows for a more concentrated development of sugars and flavours within the bean. The high altitude also means cooler temperatures, which help to preserve the delicate balance of acids and sugars, resulting in a coffee that is both sweet and complex. The unique growing conditions of Muyinga, combined with careful cultivation practices, ensure that Hafi coffee consistently meets high standards of quality.

Look behind the Cup & Meet the Producer

JNP Coffee, the producer behind our Hafi, is committed to excellence and sustainability in coffee production. Founded by Jeanine Niyonzima-Aroian, JNP Coffee has a mission to empower Burundian coffee farmers through fair trade practices and community development initiatives. Jeanine, a native of Burundi, has leveraged her extensive knowledge and passion for coffee to build a company that not only produces exceptional coffee but also fosters positive change in local communities. JNP Coffee’s dedication to quality and sustainability is evident in every cup of Hafi coffee, from the meticulous farming practices to the careful processing and roasting of the beans.

Now thanks to a new washing station set up by the producer in 2021, the proximity enables farmers to achieve same-day processing resulting in better quality coffee.

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Tasting Notes & Coffee Score

Our Hafi coffee boasts a rich and inviting flavour profile, characterised by its sweetness and fruity notes.

Tasting notes for this coffee include sweet, dried cherries and blackberries, creating a harmonious blend of flavours that linger on the palate.

The coffee’s natural processing method enhances these fruity undertones, resulting in a cup that is both vibrant and balanced.

Hafi coffee has received a score of 85, a testament to its high quality and exceptional taste.

This score, determined by professional coffee graders, reflects the coffee’s excellent flavour, aroma, and overall appeal.

Our Hafi coffee specialty from Burundi represents a remarkable fusion of tradition, innovation, and dedication to quality. 

It is a true celebration of Burundian coffee culture and a must-try for any coffee enthusiast.

Embark on your very own Burundian journey of Hafi available now as a one-time purchase, or as part of our subscription plan.

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