Smooth & dynamic
The latest from Kaito's Red Collection, Gikingo is a beautiful example of the terroir-driven, minimal-intervention approach taken by smallholder farmers and the Kaka Washing Station. Expect a smooth, full-bodied cup with notes of black tea, honey and white peach, with a lightly floral aroma and citrus acidity.
Developed just enough to accentuate its natural sweetness and complex flavours, this light-medium roast single origin coffee is best enjoyed black, and lends itself beautifully to filter or immersion methods.
In order to provide you the freshest coffee possible, all orders received up to and including Sunday will be roasted Monday and shipped Wednesday.
12oz | 340g
FROM THE ROASTER
The Gikingo Hill region of Burundi is known for its microclimate and high elevations, which provide the perfect conditions for growing coffee. The Red Bourbon varietal in particular thrives in this environment and is known for its clean, sweet and floral notes. The coffee is grown and is carefully hand-picked at the peak of ripeness.
The coffee beans are then brought to the Kaka Washing Station where they undergo a rigorous washing and fermentation process. The cherries are washed to remove impurities then depulped and left to ferment in water from a nearby stream for 10 to 12 hours. This fermentation process brings out the unique flavors and complexity of the beans, making them truly one-of-a-kind.
After fermentation, the beans are washed and graded in canals before being moved to covered tables to dry for a period of 14 to 21 days. This slow drying process ensures that the beans retain their flavor and aroma, making them some of the most sought-after in the world.
Coffees in Kaito’s Red Collection are like fireworks. Expect an exotic and unique taste experience. Perfect for people looking for wondrous, and sometimes curious coffees.
Farm / Producer: Kaka washing station; Gikingo Hill smallholder farms
Varietal: Red Bourbon
Altitude: 1650 metres
Kaito is a boutique coffee roastery, founded by partners in life and business, Holly & Paul von Hoyningen Huene, in their hometown of Hudson, Québec.
Adopting their name from the ‘kite’ fold that sets the foundation from which their origami bird emblem—Wazo—emerges, Kaito encourages thoughtful exploration of the incredible spectrum of possibilities that coffee presents.
With mindfulness and transparency as guiding values, Kaito continually strives to make the most delicious and sustainable coffee, and to share what they love with others who care as deeply as they do.
In the meantime, they’re simply doing their part to reveal something beautiful—one fold, and one coffee at a time.
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With mindfulness and transparency as guiding values, Kaito looks to honour and reveal coffee's delicate clarity.
A dynamic spectrum of flavour experiences is available by way of coffee, and Kaito's burning desire to share these incredible possibilities is what inspires their relentless pursuit of learning and improvement at all stages of production.
Responsibly sourced and meticulously roasted in small batches, Kaito aims to preserve the highest degree of quality in their coffees.
With the help of their Loring roaster, they mix equal parts craft and shameless nerdiness into developing just the right roast profile to unlock the full potential of nuanced flavours inherent in each bean.
Flavour is a journey that matters only in the context of you and your enjoyment of the cup in your hands.
Offering consistency and guidance, Kaito thoughtfully curates their coffees into coloured collections based on their inherent taste profiles, so you can be as adventurous as you like in choosing your coffee.
BLUE - Cozy | YELLOW - Vibrant | RED - Exotic