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Our current lot of coffee comes from the Twaranyuzwe Washing Station in the Kayanza region in Burundi. The coffee was produced using coffee from over 300 farmers at the
Twaranyuzwe Cooperative which was formed by a group of small farm
holders in 2013 and has operated and maintained their own washing
station since 2015. Twaranyuzwe is an independent organization within
the larger COCOCA Cooperative Consortium. COCOCA functions as a
cooperative union that offers various services to its membership, which
now represents more than 33 coops, 27,000 farmers, 34 washing stations
and their own dry mill in Ngozi.
The majority of coffee in Burundi is grown by subsistance farmers, who grow food crops for their own supply as well as some cash crops (like coffee), not on larger factory farms or plantations, as is the norm in other countries. Coffee, once picked, is rushed to the local washing station for processing. The traditional processing method involves pulping the coffee and "dry fermenting" it up to twelve hours, at which point it gets washed in clean mountain water for another 12-24 hours. The beans are then soaked for an additional 12-18 hours before being dried in parchment on raised beds for 8-10 days.
The popularity of specialty coffee production has risen in Burundi in recent years, as it earns higher premiums for farmer members of washing stations. Coffee marketing legislation enacted in 2008 allows for direct sales contracts between Burundian producers and international coffee buyers, roasters and importers (exportation and marketing were previously controlled by the government). This legislation also permits the payment of a quality premium to those responsible for producing "specialty" coffee, which follows a similar model in Rwanda where coffee quality has seen major improvement in recent years.
- Washing Station: Twaranyuzwe Washing Station
- Region: Kayanza
- Altitude: 1700 - 2000 meters above sea level
- Coffee Variety: Bourbon
- Processing: Washed
- Harvest: June-September