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Burundi Ngozi Bourbon Washed

Origin Burundi /

Altitude 1800-1900 masl /

Crop Year 2017 /

Varietal Red Bourbon /

Product Code 4773

About Burundi Ngozi Bourbon Washed

The Ngozi province is in the northern part of Burundi, close to the border of Rwanda.

There are 5 washing stations run in Ngozi producing predominately high quality coffee. The coffee comes into the station in small lots from 800 garden farmers, it is then sorted for unripe cherries and defects, followed by washing in tanks to locate low density cherries. The remainder is then pulped and fermented using a single fermentation method that utilises 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.

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 whose purpose is to provide a retirement scheme for its workers, and also runs a fund to cater for school fees for the children of its members.

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.

85/100

September 29, 2017

General Comments: Clean & balanced cup of creamy chocolate, mild tropical fruits & tea.