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Burundi – Rimiro – Ngozi – Natural – Microlot – Green UnroastedIn Stock: 68 Lbs
About: Like many of its neighbors in Africa, Burundi produces microlots almost by default. Each farmer owns an average of less than even a single hectare and delivers cherries to centralized depulping and washing stations, SOGESTALs (Sociéte de Gestion des Stations de Dépulpage Lavage), and it may take more than one producers’ delivery in order to create a lot.
This purchasing style makes it nearly impossible, if not completely impossible, to arrive at single-producer, single-farm, or single-variety lots. Instead, coffees are typically sold under the appellation of the washing station. (In Kayanza, there are 21 washing stations, including familiar names to Cafe Imports’ offerings page: Gackowe, Butezi, Gatare, and Kiryama.)
Depending on the leadership and management at the stations, both private- and state-run, the attention to detail in the processing makes a big difference. Meticulous sorting, fermenting and washing are necessary to create quality and uniformity among the coffee. The typical processing method in Burundi is somewhat similar to Kenya, with a “dry fermentation” of roughly 12 hours after de-pulping, followed by a soak of 12–14 hours in mountain water. Coffees are floated to sort for density, then soaked again for 12–18 hours before being dried in parchment on raised beds.
Ngozi is Burundi’s second major coffee-producing region located in the north-central portion of the country. The entire region is at 1650 masl or higher where the temperature averages 70°F the entire year. Most producers grow a couple of hundred trees on less than a hectare of land. Coffee is collected at private or government-owned washing stations where coffees are sorted, processed, and dried.
The Rimiro washing station in Burundi includes roughly 1500 small producing families that deliver cherry to the washing station, although only 10 live on the hill itself. Each producer is quite small, having only just over 200 trees each. This washing station can process over 1300 metric tons of cherry per season. The Rimiro washing station also does some important capacity building with the farmers it works with including cattle and livestock education and agronomy education.