Launch Date: This single origin blend commenced January 2018.

Origin: Burundi

Region: Northern Burundi

Farm: The e Ngozi Cooperative Society

Variety: Red Bourbon

Processing: Fully washed

Tasting Notes: Red Wine. Blackberries. Bright.

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Burundi’s​ ​volcanic​ ​soils,​ ​high​ ​altitude​ ​and​ ​plentiful​ ​rainfall​ ​make​ ​up​ ​the​ ​create idyllic​ ​conditions​ ​for​ ​producing​ ​high-quality​ ​coffees.​ ​Burundi​ ​is​ ​an​ ​emerging producer​ ​in​ ​the​ ​specialty​ ​world​ ​and​ ​in​ ​many​ ​ways​ ​is​ ​following​ ​a​ ​similar trajectory​ ​to​ ​its’​ ​neighbors​ ​Tanzania​ ​and​ ​Rwanda​ ​in​ ​aligning​ ​itself​ ​as​ ​a quality-focused​ ​supply​ ​chain.​ ​The​ ​Ngozi​ ​province​ ​is​ ​in​ ​the​ ​northern​ ​part​ ​of Burundi,​ ​close​ ​to​ ​the​ ​border​ ​of​ ​Rwanda.​ ​In​ ​addition​ ​to​ ​coffee​ ​farming,​ ​farmers from​ ​the​ ​Ngozi​ ​area​ ​are​ ​also​ ​involved​ ​in​ ​food​ ​crop​ ​production,​ ​dairy​ ​and horticulture.​ ​

The​ ​Ngozi​ ​Cooperative​ ​Society​ ​is​ ​managed​ ​by​ ​a​ ​board​ ​of​ ​directors who​ ​are​ ​farmers​ ​within​ ​the​ ​Society​ ​themselves;​ ​there​ ​are​ ​20​ ​permanent​ ​staff  and​ ​other​ ​casual​ ​employees.​ ​The​ ​cooperative​ ​runs​ ​5​ ​washing​ ​stations​ ​in​ ​Ngozi, supplied​ ​by​ ​800​ ​small​ ​garden​ ​farmers​ ​and​ ​cooperative​ ​members.​ ​Cherry​ ​comes into​ ​the​ ​station​ ​and​ ​is​ ​immediately​ ​sorted​ ​for​ ​unripes​ ​and​ ​defects.​ ​Cherries​ ​are then​ ​washed​ ​in​ ​tanks,​ ​pulped​ ​and​ ​finally​ ​fermented​ ​using​ ​a​ ​single​ ​fermentation method​ ​that​ ​requires​ ​7​ ​different​ ​fermentation​ ​tanks​ ​to​ ​keep​ ​lots​ ​separated​ ​until  they​ ​are​ ​dried​ ​and​ ​cupped​ ​for​ ​quality.