This is our first year working with coffee from the Rubirizi Hill. Bukeye has long been one of our favorite washing stations in Kayanza, and we're very excited to offer this separation. In the cup we find lilac, clove, and mandarin.
Mibirizi & Red Bourbon
Hand picked at peak ripeness. Pulped. Mucilage-coated parchment fermented in sealed tanks for 36-72 hours. After this reduced oxygen fermentation, the parchment is washed in grading channels and graded for density. Dried on raised beds while continuously turned and hand sorted.
Rubirizi Hill sits at 1,750 masl and just east of Gaharo—where Long Miles first began. Life on Rubirizi Hill is fairly representative of much of Burundian rural life: most people are engaged in producing food for themselves and their families. Though farmers from Rubirizi have been delivering their cherry to the Bukeye washing station for a number of years, there has never enough Rubirizi coffee to keep it separate and process it traceably. However, with more producers choosing to work with Long Miles and a larger than average crop this year, there was enough coffee to finally keep the coffee from this hill separate to be presented on its own.
Varieties in Burundi are not exactly straightforward. We know that Red Bourbon and Mibirizi are being cultivated; however, we don't know at what relative percentages. Based on the history of production in Burundi there is also most likely some SL34 being grown as well.
The Long Miles Coffee Project is the dream-become-reality of Ben and Kristy Carlson. The pair moved to Burundi in 2011 with a simple dream: Help coffee growers by helping roasters source consistently high quality coffees from Burundi. Their dream has grown from working with fifty coffee growers in 2013 to working with more than 5,500 at present. Long Miles has been extremely effective in helping to actualize Burundi’s natural potential for extremely high quality coffee, while also making an incredible impact socially, economically, and environmentally. Coffees from this project are some of our most anticipated of the year, and we are humbled and honored continue supporting their inspiring work.
The cost of getting a coffee from cherry to beverage varies enormously depending on its place of origin and the location of its consumption. The inclusion of price transparency is a starting point to inform broader conversation around the true costs of production and the sustainability of specialty coffee as a whole.