The Ninga Hills are by far the most remote part of Burundi we've selected coffees from. Two rivers and a province boarder lie between the hills and the Bukeye washing station where the cherries must be delivered. In the cup we find dark fruits, spice, red tea, and a very uplifting lemon acidity.
1,800 - 2,000 masl
March 8th - May 14th, 2020
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%.
This is one of the most complicated and remote areas of Burundi that one can source coffee from. Every time a violent conflict arrises these farmers must abandon their homes and farms with no established place of refuge to run to. However, some of the most beautiful and articulate coffees are consistently produced here. This will be the site of the third Long Miles Coffee Project washing station, and we couldn't be more excited to be a part of its development.
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.