Decaf Burundi Yagikawa Fair Trade
Situated in the Kayanza Province of northern Burundi is one of the country’s oldest farmer cooperatives, Yagikawa, which translates to “talk about coffee.” Founded in 2007 and comprised of over 800 members, this group was formed to help provide direct market access in order to generate more income for the farmers. This additional revenue enabled construction of the co-op’s centrally located washing station in 2014. The amount of time and effort it took farmers to transport coffee to distant mills was greatly reduced once members were able to deliver coffee to their own local washing station. It also resulted in greater control over coffee processing, which has had a positive impact on quality. Last year, five coffees from Yagikawa placed in Burundi’s annual Cup of Excellence competition!
The coffee processed at the Yagikawa washing station comes from 12 nearby hills. Workers perform a single 12-18 hour fermentation before transferring the coffee to raised beds for sorting and drying. This simple processing method achieves a clean and complex flavor profile that was retained through the decaffeination process.
This coffee was decaffeinated using the Swiss Water Process of caffeine extraction, without the use of chemical solvents. The coffee soaks in a ͞green coffee extract that coaxes caffeine out of the beans while leaving much of the original flavor intact. The extract then passes through activated carbon filters that remove the caffeine. This process continues until the beans are 99.9% caffeine free.