Coffees of BurundiBurundi shares much common ground with Rwanda; both are tiny countries with a common border that share a tragic conflict between Tutsi and Hutu; both have high density populations in similar environments. According to the Office of Burundi Coffee there are 800,000 families living on 60,000 hectares of farmland. This corresponds to well under a quarter of an acre per family. Other obstacles shared with Rwanda are access to the sea and a dire need for further development of infrastructure. 80% of Burundi's export revenues is coffee.
Still another problem for both Rwanda and Burundi is a bacteria which can radically affect the flavor of coffee beans; one infected bean can release a powerful raw potato flavor and aroma which destroys a pot of coffee! No lot of coffee from these two countries can be said to be 100% free of this problem. If you get such a cup, the roaster cannot be blamed. In a high quality lot like this one you can go through hundreds of great cups and then hit one or two like a wall! Chalk it to the necessary experience of the coffee treasure hunter, just as true wine lovers know what corky means! The number of incidents have steadily diminished over the years as these countries work to eliminate it entirely.