BURUNDI: Nemba - Single Origin - 100% Arabica - NEWLY ARRIVED

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  • Country: Burundi
    Region: Kayanza
    Farmers: 3113 Smallholders working in collaboration with GreenCo
    Elevation: 1700 MASL
    Variety: Red Bourbon
    Process: Natural
    Tasting notes: Grape, lemon and vanilla
    SCA Cup Score: 88

    Burundi is always a hit with our customers. On the strength of the recent Migoti Hill, this natural from the Nemba Washing Station will be huge success, especially as it scores a massive 88 on the SCA scale.

    Once again, the meticulous nature of Burundi’s initial hand-picking process, means that this is an incredibly clean coffee, that is fruity and sweet. It's also a Red Bourbon varietal which is a delight to roast.

    Burundi has long been overlooked in comparison to its neighbouring East African specialty coffee-producing powerhouses. However, Burundi season, for us, is one of the highlights of the annual coffee calendar. The country’s coffee is produced almost entirely by smallholder farmers, and much of this small-scale production is of exceptional quality. With its super-sweet, clean and often floral coffees, Burundi, is really establishing itself on the specialty coffee map.

    Expect a sweet coffee with a zing of citrus and lingering vanilla flavours. Delightful.


  • Country: Burundi
    Region: Kayanza
    Farmers: 3113 Smallholders working in collaboration with GreenCo
    Elevation: 1700 MASL
    Variety: Red Bourbon
    Process: Natural
    Tasting notes: Grape, lemon and vanilla
    SCA Cup Score: 88

    The Producers

    Nemba station lies in the northern province of Kayanza. Each washing station is managed and lead by an agronomist. This agronomist oversees the implementation of good agricultural practice and farmer education. They collaborate with the producers to ensure they have access to the necessary farming tools. The agronomist also helps farmers determine and implement the practices best suited to the specific growing conditions of their farming plots.

    Nemba uses a monitoring system to ensure traceability all along the production and processing chain. All 3,000+ producers are smallholders who own an average of 150 coffee trees. The farms delivering cherry to Nemba are all located around 1,700+ meters above sea level, near the Kibila forest. The washing station has over two hundred drying tables and can process up to 750 metric tons of coffee cherry annually.

    Nemba also participates in a number of farmer outreach and support projects include a goat and pig project, Farmer Hub, strengthening cooperatives and distributing fertilizer and coffee trees.

    Cultivation

    Many trees in Burundi are Red Bourbon. Because of the increasingly small size of coffee plantings, aging rootstock is a very big issue in Burundi. Many farmers have trees that are over 50 years old, but with small plots to farm, it is difficult to justify taking trees entirely out of production for the 3-4 years it will take new plantings to begin to yield. In order to encourage farmers to renovate their plantings, Bugestal purchases seeds from the Institut des Sciences Agronomiques du Burundi (ISABU), establishes nurseries and sells the seedlings to farmers at or below cost. At the washing station, farmers can also get organic fertilizer derived from composted coffee pulp.

    Despite the ubiquity of coffee growing in Burundi, each smallholder producers a relatively small harvest. The average smallholder has approximately 250 trees, normally in their backyards. Each tree yields an average of 1.5 kilos of cherry so the average producer sells about 200-300 kilos of cherry annually.

    Harvest

    During the harvest season, all coffee is selectively hand-picked. Most families only have 200 to 250 trees, and harvesting is done almost entirely by the family. Greenco knows that even small distances can be time consuming and expensive to travel for smallholder farmers, and they know that receiving cherry immediately after harvest is crucial to quality.  Therefore, smallholders can bring their cherries either directly to a washing station or to one of the 12 collection sites situated throughout growing areas. Farmers are paid the same for their quality cherry regardless of where they bring their cherries. In this way, farmers are not disadvantaged due to their location and Greenco bears the cost of transport to stations.

    Quality assurance begins as soon as farmers deliver their cherry. All cherry is floated in small buckets as a first step to check its quality. Greenco still purchases floaters (damaged, underripe, etc) but immediately separates the two qualities and only markets floaters as B-quality cherry. After floating, the higher quality cherry is sorted again by hand to remove all damaged, underripe and overripe cherries.

    Cherry is laid in thin layers on raised tables where it is turned frequently to enable even drying. Cherry is covered when it rains, during the hottest part of the day and overnight.

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