Kiryama Washing Station is located in Butaganzwa town in the province of Kayanza. Around 4,500 producers deliver cherry to the washing station, either directly or to one of the five different collection points that are set up in the area. Farmers here own less than half a hectare of land on average and in addition to growing coffee they also grow crops like bananas, beans, yams, taro, and cassava, both for sale and for household use.
Due to the small size and yield on the average coffee farm or plot, washing stations are the primary point of purchase in Burundi. Unlike other coffee-growing regions in Central and South America where landholdings are slightly larger and coffee-centric resources are more available, most producers do not have space on their property or the financial means to do their wet- or dry-milling. Instead, the majority of growers deliver cherry to a facility that does sorting, blending, and post-harvest processing of day lots to create different offerings.
While the logistics of buying coffees from Burundi are extremely challenging, we love the heavy figgy, fruity, and lively coffees we find here—they remind us of a Malbec with a firm support of acidity.
|Farm||Various smallholder farmers delivering to Kiryama Washing Station|
Bourbon, Jackson, Mbirizi|
Tasting notes: Juicy, sweet, tangy, heavy, & tropical with tamarind, raisin, grapefruit, peach, tomato, & brown sugar.
Website orders are roasted and packed every Monday and picked up Tuesday by USPS for delivery. As we only roast exactly as much of each coffee as we have known orders for, please be sure and place your order no later than 10 AM (PST) on Monday for fulfillment that week. Orders that come in later than that may not be fulfilled until the following week.
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Orders weighing 0 - 7.99 Pounds ship for $7.00.
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