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Burundi Ngozi Bourbon Fully Washed

Origin Burundi /

Altitude 1800-1900 masl /

Crop Year 2018 /

Varietal Red Bourbon /

Product Code 6455

About Burundi Ngozi Bourbon Fully Washed

Burundi’s volcanic soils, high altitude and plentiful rainfall make up the create idyllic conditions for producing high-quality coffees. Burundi is an emerging producer in the specialty world and in many ways is following a similar trajectory to it’s neighbors Tanzania and Rwanda in aligning itself as a quality-focused supply chain.

The Ngozi province is in the northern part of Burundi, close to the border of Rwanda. In addition to coffee farming, farmers from the Ngozi area are also involved in food crop production, dairy and horticulture. The Ngozi 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 cooperative runs 5 washing stations in Ngozi, supplied by 800 small garden farmers and cooperative members. Cherry comes into the station and is immediately sorted for unripe and defects. Cherries are then washed in tanks, pulped and finally fermented using a single fermentation method that requires 7 different fermentation tanks to keep lots separated until they are dried and cupped for quality.

Coffees grown in this region typically have a bright and vibrant acidity, juicy mouthfeel and complex flavor profiles.

About Burundi

Coffee was introduced to Burundi by Catholic Monks from the small island of Reunion in the 1930’s. Most popular variety is Bourbon, however other varieties are grown including Blue Mountain. The crop is exclusively grown by smallholders, which are grouped into farmer associations called Sogestals.

Due to the age of the trees and the variance in rainfall, there is a huge amount of fluctuation in coffee production. On average the crop is around 20,000MT. All of the the trees are Arabica, with around 70% processed as fully washed. There was an attempt to introduce Robusta in Burundi by establishing a large plantation, however this was destroyed during the times of civil was and rebellion towards the end of the 20th century.