COFFEE IN BURUNDI
Burundi is known for their beautiful washed Bourbon coffees with elegant flavours and a silky mouthfeel. Each year we feature one strong Burundi filter coffee that fits the balanced and clean profile that we are looking for when we think about the region. The mouthfeel of Burundi coffees are quite different from those of its neighboring country, Rwanda. Reason being the double washed method that is applied in Burundi which creates more clarity and lighter bodies.
THE LONG MILES PROJECT
A MASSIVE IMPACT
Ben and Kristy Carlson moved to Burundi in 2011 and saw that both injustice and poor farming practices permeated the countrys newly privatized coffee industry. They also saw that roasters around the world had a difficult time getting consistently great coffees from Burundi. In an effort to see positive change in both farmers and roasters lives, Long Miles Coffee was born.
Long Miles Project is a farmer-driven coffee production model. They work with coffee farming families on eleven unique hills within Burundi. Long Miles create traceable micro-lots that yield consistently great coffees while improving the livelihoods of the small holding farmers who grow them. Here are three of the most important ways to do this:
1- The farmers receive year-round agricultural assistance through one of the twenty-six Long Miles Coffee Scouts.
2- Long Miles pay higher prices for cherries plus annual premiums.
3- They strengthen relationships between roaster and farmer to work on specific hills year after year.
THE BARN X LONG MILES PROJECT
The coffee we selected together with Long Miles is called Ninga Hill.
Nestled deep within the heart of the small coffee producing country of Burundi, on the border of the northern Kayanza Province, is the village of Bukeye. Two rivers and a province border lie between Bukeye Washing Station and the hills of Ninga. The community is far beyond the reach of electricity. Coffee trees occupy any space they can on this hill from the edge of the single track dirt paths that weave through the hills to the doorsteps of farmers selfmade mud brick houses. With every violent conflict that has broken out in Burundi, Ninga farmers have scattered into the surrounding hills and forest areas with no established place of refuge to run to. Long Miles commitment to working more closely with this hill has never been stronger.
Ninga Hill is an outstanding washed coffee. Notes of dried apricot and tangerine are supported by brown sugar and oolong.