Burundi Murambi Hill Lot 23 Natural
This is our 2nd visit to this region / washing station. Last year we also sourced a natural which was just a stunner and the Murambi Hill , again is just packed with big juicy complexity . Grown by of farmers dispersed across the mountains overlooking Lake Tanganyika , they sell their cherries to be processed back at the Migoti Hill washing station. A number of farmers are also employed by the washing station. Each lot involves 500 / 2000 farmers growing on a average plot of 1 / 5 acres.
Meet Elie Barantanda…
- He has 1400 trees
- 7 children, 6 grandchildren
- Last season he sold about 700 kg of coffee to the Migoti station
- He has a son named Juvenal Ndayikeza, 21 years old, who speaks a little English and wants to go to University, but currently works in the coffee plantation ( he is in some of the pictures with his father ) .
- In 2016 Migoti Coffee Company built a coffee washing station at Migoti Mountain, partnering with industry experts who provided technical expertise. Coffee trees are owned by the community, and Migoti purchases the coffee cherries directly from the farmers who harvest and deliver the cherries to our station.
- The name “Migoti” comes from a local indigenous tree, which is also the name of the mountain where Migoti built their first coffee washing station. This washing station operates in a region referred to as Migoti Mountain, in Mutambu Commune of Bujumbura Province, 30 km from the centre of Bujumbura.
- Burundi is among the smallest coffee-producing countries in East Africa, with a population of 10.5 million that is endowed with ideal conditions for coffee production: elevations of 1500 – 2000 m, Arabica Bourbon coffee trees, abundant rainfall, and approximately 800,000 families who cultivate an average of 150-200 coffee trees per farm.
- Coffee farming and production began in Burundi in the early 1900s under Belgian colonial rule, where farmers were forced to grow coffee, the produce was bought and processed by the state and coffee was exported primarily to Europe. The sector was privatized in the 1960s, followed by state control from 1976 to 1991, and then a new wave of privatization began in 1991.
- Arabica coffee now represents virtually 100% of Burundi’s national production and the bourbon variety grown at high elevations in Burundi is characteristically “sweet with bright acidity, big body, floral, citrus and spiced with wild notes.” Over the past 25 years, coffee production in Burundi has averaged 26,700 tons per year.
Country | Burundi
Region | Bujumbaru
Producer | Murumbi Hill Farmers
Altitude | 1700 / 1900 masl
Varietal | Red Bourbon
Process | Natural