Cup profile and tasting notes
Floral aromatics, candied sugar, vanilla and stone fruit (ripe plum)
|Coffee||Kiri AB / Ngozi Coop|
This is my first time with this coffee, and my first ever from Burundi. Really flavoursome, I get those Vanilla notes and the plummy quite rich flavours. A good winter coffee, stronger than my usual Peruvian la copia but no bitterness. Well worth that little bit extra
Our Delivery Policy
Where do we deliver?
We would deliver to Mars if we could – to reach the whole of the universe with good coffee, but it is not that simple – so for now we deliver to:
UK: Channel Islands, Isle of Man, British Forces Post Office.
Europe: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden.
How long will it take?
We do not work at weekends so the term working day means Monday to Friday. If you place an order on the weekend it will not be sent out until Monday.
All orders placed before 13:00hrs 'normally' go out the same day. We do not guarantee orders go out the same day as ordered.
Royal Mail - You can order up to 2kg (7 x 250g bags) using Royal Mail first or second class - orders over 2kg will be sent using Interlink Next Day
UK Mail Next Day - using this service you can order up to 10kg (38 x 250g bags) will ensure your order gets to you the next working day once the order is despatched from the roastery.
If you use this service you maybe required to sign for the delivery unless you elect to take responsibility for loss if left in a safe place. You will receive an email update from UKMail with a one hour delivery window and using the consignment number you track your order.
How do we keep you updated as to the status of your order.
Once you have placed your order you will receive 2 status updates - they will be:
Order confirmation – this means we have received your order and the coffee is yet to be roasted.
Shipped confirmation – this means your order has left our roastery by your chosen method.
Do we meet our delivery deadlines?
We try our best to meet the delivery deadline quoted, but on the odd occasion a parcel can be delayed due to reasons that are out of our control.
Why don't we offer free postage?
Nothing is free in life. We know you all love free postage and sometimes we do offer it as part of a promotion, but it is our policy to charge for postage. We have considered offering free postage but the costs would have to be absorbed elsewhere by you the customer. We don’t hide our postage costs.
Missing, Damaged or Incorrect Orders
We try very hard to ensure you receive your order in pristine condition. If you do not receive all your products or in the unlikely event that a product arrives damaged, please contact us via the email address within the 'contact us' section of the website.
Please note: Royal Mail does not class an international shipment as lost or missing for 28 working days unfortunately we can not take any action until this time has passed. During that time we recommend that you ask your local sorting office / post office if they've tried to deliver (even if they haven't left a card) and ask your neighbours if your order has been left with them. You should also check that the delivery address you gave us is correct, this can be found on your shipping confirmation email. If your delivery still hasn't arrived after 14 working days and you have performed the above steps then please email us.
Change of Mind, Address and Cancellations
You can cancel your purchase at any time either before or up to 7 working days* following the day you receive the goods by emailing us at the address shown in the 'contact us' section of the website.
Your product must be complete and in 'as new' condition e.g. if you have opened the postal packet to examine the product you must have done so without damaging or marking the product or packaging. It must not have been used and it must have the heat seal still in place. It should be returned with the original postal packet and packing note you received with it.
Please note that orders that have been ground to order (e.g - not whole roasted beans) may be exempt from our usual returns policy, as these represent a customised special order item. Any 'Free Gifts' received with the product must also be returned. Coffee Real will not refund the cost of postage incurred in returning a item.
If you follow the steps above you will receive a full refund of the product price and any delivery charge paid.
We cannot cancel your purchase when:
The seal has been broken on any products, or the goods were a special order to your specification.
To qualify for a refund or exchange the product must be:
In otherwise "as new" condition; and complete with any free gifts offered with it and, if possible, the original box and packaging.
This promise does not cover faults caused by accident, neglect, misuse or normal wear and tear.
If you have a coffee subscription with us please note that if you change your address and/or product profile in your account settings after the purchase date this will not update your current order, only future orders and thus you will need to notify us by email of any changes you wish to make.
We have not brought coffee from Burundi since 2008 and the country still continues to face immense social and political difficulties – nothing seems to change much in Burundi.
One of the challenges for the coffee sector is that the government is both the owner and operator of the washing stations that process the coffee – this makes visibility, transparency very questionable as well as the quality.
This is the main reason we have not bought since 2008 – but over the last few years a few privately owned washing stations have popped up that are working really hard to improve the coffee quality and now there is hope on all sides.
The main quality growing region in Burundi is Kayanza. However, Ngozi, a small washing station located in Muyinga which was bought back from the government in 2013 by the all-female owned Ngozi Cooperative.
Coffee comes into the station in lots from 800 small garden farmers, it is sorted for unripe cherry and defect, washed in tanks to find non dence cherry, then pulpped and fermentented using a single fermentation method utilising 7 different fermentation tanks to keep the lots separate until they are dried and cupped for quality.
The lower scoring lots are blended for commercial coffee, with the best lots remaining separate for sale as microlots such as the one we have here. This lot has come to us from the top of harvest and is cupping very well.
In addition to coffee farming, the farmers from the Ngozi area are also involved in food crop production, dairy and horticulture. The Cooperative Society is managed by a board of directors who are farmers within the Society themselves; there are 20 permanent staff and other casual employees. The Society has a provident fund which purpose is to provide for a retirement scheme for its workers, and also runs a fund to cater for school fees for the children of its members.