Burundi Nemba | #todayimbrewing

Today I’m brewing a natural Burundi from the Kayanza Province, roasted by Canadian power-duo Lüna Coffee. Laura and Nate are the two that make up this western Canadian roaster, and although they’ve only been roasting as Lüna for just over a year, they’re no strangers to the Canadian coffee industry. They’ve both brought their experience and expertise to the table, and in the matter of a few short months have propelled themselves into the conversation of the most prominent roasters in North America. 

I don’t say this lightly - Lüna has roasted some of my favourite coffees of the last 12 months, and they show no sign of slowing the pace anytime soon.

Lüna prioritizes two of my favourite elements of a great coffee - bright and light roast profiles, as well as transparency at every step of the supply chain. Laura and Nate are committed to ensuring that coffee farmers and pickers are treated fairly and with dignity by informing the consumer in creative ways. They believe that you, the consumer, “deserves the power to vote with your dollars, and support supply chains that are vetted – In a world where it’s ever more difficult to parse who is the real deal and who is paying lip service, the more open we are as humans, the better.”

In an effort to share everything they know about the supply chain, they’re working towards disrupting the current state of the coffee union by creating infographics that look like this for every coffee they buy.

I picked up a bag of Blueberry Milkshake at Boxcar Social last time I was in Toronto. This is Lüna’s first naturally processed coffee, but it’s immediately apparent that they chose this one intentionally. Staying true to their values of roasting light, bright, and delightful coffees, this natural isn’t as overbearing as some. The process actually complements the coffee from the Nemba washing station, which isn’t always the case when it comes to naturals. 

The cup is bursting with bright blueberry notes but bolstered by a milky body - hence the name. I’ve had more Burundi’s this year than in any year past, and most of them have been very good. Blueberry Milkshake finds itself in a class of its own, as this carefully processed coffee is roasted to perfection. 

Laura and Nate are not only a gift to Canadian coffee, but their influence is sure to make specialty coffee culture better as a whole.

Canadians and Americans can celebrate, as Lüna is now serving both countries with monthly subscriptions

Brewer: Hario V60
Water: 205° Third Wave Water
Ratio: 1:16
Dose: 20g:320g
Total Brew Time: 3:30

Recipe: 
‣ 40g bloom, agitate with gentle swirl
‣ 80g pulse
‣ 60g pulse
‣ 60g pulse
‣ 80g pulse
‣ Swirl and serve