Roast Level . . . . . . . full city (light-medium)
Drinking Nkonge coffee is like taking a long car ride on a beautiful day down a stunning coastline. Scoring 93 points on coffeereview.com, this coffee is bursting with dark berry and ripe red currant flavors. It has the caramelized sweetness of light brown sugar balanced with the tart acidity of passion fruit. Upon finish, it has a touch of citric sorbet and a creamy lingering mouthfeel reminiscent of chocolate truffle. We like to drink Nkonge as a pour over.
Life has a different pace on Nkonge hill. There is a stillness on the hill that is hard to find anywhere else in Burundi. You can walk for stretches on this green carpeted hill without seeing anyone. Dirt roads cut into the hill’s steep slopes, revealing panoramic views of banana trees and lush tea plantations. The high elevation of Nkonge fosters a harder, slower growing coffee bean. Natural springs find their way out of the hill, making sure its soils are always well watered. Patches of onions, tea, wheat, cabbage, maize, cassava and peas can be found growing alongside coffee in the hill’s rich soils.
Sadly, life hasn’t always been peaceful on Nkonge hill. The most recent civil war in Burundi brought great losses. Many farming families that fled returned to the hill only to find that their land had been divided or taken over by someone else.