This lot, rather than coming from an isolated hill as with the other Longmiles selections, comes from a range around the Bukeye washing station, and consists only of coffee from farmers participating in the Farmer Field Schools program. In the cup we taste a classic Burundi profile of black tea, purple fruits, and baking spice.
1,859 - 2,098 masl
Hand picked at peak ripeness. Floated and hand sorted to further remove defects; depulped on the day of harvest. Single-fermented dry for 12 hours. Rinsed in fresh water. Density graded. Dried on traditional African raised beds for 16-20 days until moisture content reaches 10.5%.
Farmer Field School is a very interesting and effective program developed by Long Miles’ team of coffee scouts. Together, the coffee scouts and the Farmer Field School have taught farmers about planting, pruning, fertilizing, weeding, spraying, mulching, and restoring soil health. They've planted nitrogen-fixing plants, as well as a mix of indigenous plants for bio-diversity and indigenous trees for shade. The farmers participating in this school have seen their yields more than double, and cup quality continues to improve.
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.