Burundi Rotheca Project DECAF

Variety Red Bourbon
Process Washed
Altitude 1500 - 1800 masl
Harvest April - Sep
Flavours Nectarine l Dark Chocolate l Jasmine


No one should have to settle for mediocre decaf. Decaf should be great!! We at STCBD truly believe that the decaf drinker should be able to enjoy a superior cup of coffee and it is our mission to bring you that coffee. 

This is hands down the most complex decaf I have ever tasted. It reminds me of a washed Ethiopian but with a little more depth thanks to the Dark Chocolate note. Best decaf ever? IMHO Yup.

From the Importer:

In 2012, Angèle Ciza decided to go into the coffee business with a friend.

Together they purchased a number of washing stations, hoping to work in closer partnership with growers as a means to begin processing some of the best coffees in the country. Today it’s clear that Ciza (now the sole proprietor) has succeed in her goal, and her company, Kalico (short for Kahawa Link Company), is synonymous with specialty coffee in Burundi.

With a heavy emphasis on education and outreach on topics such as plant nurseries to picking, the quality of the coffees produced with Kalico’s partnership has improved—along with the prices paid to farmers. Ciza has continued to invest in training, environmental protection, micro-finance, and other social infrastructures such as a scholarship program to pay for school fees for young girls.

This is our second season offering this coffee from the Rotheca Project, a partnership between Kalico, Phyllis Johnson of BD Imports, and RGC importers, organized to combat poverty and support women-produced coffee in Burundi. It not only represents the quality Burundi has to offer, but also illustrates the leadership and perseverance of Ciza, whose work has uplifted thousands of farmers and continues to be a source of inspiration, especially for women—who own or manage almost 80% of Burundi’s farms.

This lot comes from the Muramba Washing Station, built in 1984. This mill manages processing for approximately 1,000 smallholder producers from Bwinyana hill.


Imported by Swiss Water
Price in CAN 6.16/lb
Number of bags purchased 2
 Our Score 88