There are 1,640 smallholders living around Tangara, Burundi who deliver their cherry to Gihere Central Washing Station (CWS). We are excited to import this coffee from our in-country partner Bugestal. In addition to operating nine washing stations in Burundi and processing excellent coffee, Bugestal is also working with communities to increase farmer livelihoods and general equality in coffee producing areas. Make sure to check out the other coffees we purchased from Bugestal in 2019: Mugirampeke, Ngogomo, Rimiro and Ryanruyinya.
Most coffee trees in Burundi are Red Bourbon for reasons of quality. 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 rennovate 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. In 2018, Gihere CWS produced 33,800 seedlings, bringing their total production from 2014-2018 to 113,249 seedlings.
- COFFEE GRADE:
- NAT. Scr 15+
- Gihere CWS
- Red Bourbon
- CWS – 1,691 metres above sea level; Farms – 1,500 to 1,800 metres above sea level
- Myando, Tangara
- Blackberry, Cocoa, Floral, Strawberry
CUPPING SCORE: 85-86%