Burundi Gashikanwa Fully Washed is a fully washed, sun dried, bourbon varietal coffee from the Nduwayezu farm. Thousands of smallholder farmers send their coffee cherry harvest to the washing station in the Gashikanwa district of Burundi for processing. The washing of this variety of coffee cherries enhances natural melon, peach, and grapefruit flavors, giving it a clean taste.
Washing coffee cherries is a finely tuned, extensive process. The harvest is sorted depending on ripeness and a float test is conducted to ensure there are no defects in each coffee cherry. Within 8-12 hours of harvesting the fruit layers surrounding the coffee beans is removed, known as depulping, before going into a fermentation tank for up to 36 hours. This fermentation step helps soften any fruit fibers still attached to the bean, making them easier to remove during the washing process. Washing involves submerging the coffee beans in fresh water and agitating them until all fruit fibers are removed. The coffee beans are sorted again before being spread out on tarps to be dried.