roast profile: FILTER
tasting notes: ORANGE - FIG JAM - BUTTERSCOTCH
location: BUSIGA, NGOZI
washing station: KAREHE
producer: 1500 SMALLHOLDER PRODUCERS
elevation (MASL): 1.750
We're in love with the coffees, the people, and the country of Burundi. This is truly a place where the coffee trade did well can positively impact the lives of many who otherwise suffer from the constant uncertainty of civil unrest. Here – more than any other producer country, you can find true smallholders, some producing coffee on such a small scale that they make more income from their dairy cow in a day than they do in a year from coffee.
The Karehe Washing Station is one of the 22 washing stations under the management of SOGESTAL KAYANZA. The station was built in 2007 and has proven experience in specialty production. In 2015 Karehe took top honour at Burundi Cup of Excellence and the station continues to compete regularly. The coffee here is collected from the 8 collines (hills) around Busiga, from smallholder growers numbering between 1500 and 2000 depending on the year. The soil is generally volcanic but variable from one hill to another (Hygroxéroferrisol, Hygroferrisol, Ferrisol and Kaolisol). Specialty coffee is prepared separately. The average production of cherry is 450.000 kg and the specialty coffee represents 75% of all that produce.
Cherries are collected at the washing station and sorted to remove overripes and underripes before going into the cherry hopper. After an overnight fermentation underwater, cherries then dry on raised beds until the moisture level reached 11 percent.