- On January 10, 2017
- Burundi, Coffee, coffee roaster, coffee roasting, coffee sourcing, Gishubi, Long Miles Coffee Project
By: Chris Vigilante
What Makes Burundi Coffees So Delicious?
This has been a question on my mind since I first tried specialty coffee from the African nation of Burundi.
The coffees from Burundi can be super complex, really juicy, earthy in the most positive of ways.
These characteristics are what make Burundi coffee a cup of coffee you’d be stoked to drink every single morning.
It’s no surprise that the cup quality of this coffee is second to none because in recent years this tiny African country has been improving their processing systems and traceability in their coffee.
Challenges in the Burundi Coffee Market
Burundi ranked as the poorest nation in the world in 2015.
Many issues such as a lack of infrastructure and corruption in years past have made doing business in Burundi difficult.
In addition, it is a small landlocked country between East & Central Africa. Landlocked countries like Bolivia or Burundi make it difficult to get the coffee to the shipping port in an efficient manner.
At Vigilante Coffee our goal is to get our freshly dried coffees to the port as quickly as possible so that we receive them here at the roastery within 90 days of the harvest.
This doesn’t always happen this way, but it is a goal we consistently strive towards.
In years past, the Burundi government implemented a system called “Sogestal”, where coffees were blended & sold together at local washing stations.
The Sogestal system did not allow for traceability or for the best coffees to be sorted and sold separately.
Thankfully this system is no longer being practiced in Burundi. Today, the coffee system in Burundi works to allow individual washing stations to keep their coffees separate.
They then have the freedom to market the best coffee lots to prospective buyers.
This drastically improves cup quality and opens up the possibility for farmers to be paid the highest price for producing the best quality coffee; aka the way we like to source & buy coffee.
Two Distinct Burundi Offerings: Gishubi & Munyinya
We’re grateful to all the folks involved in making these coffees especially the American family, The Carlsons, who started the Long Miles Coffee Project in Burundi.
This family has been living in Burundi and improving the quality of the coffees they work with from the ground up. Both of our coffees this year are from this project.
By working with our import partner, the Collaborative Coffee Source, we’re able to connect with the Carlsons of the Long Miles project and bring to you two truly outstanding coffees: Gishubi & Munyinya.
The Long Miles Coffee Project improves not only the quality of their coffees each year but the quality of life for the farmers that work tirelessly to produce these amazing coffees. LMCP has over 90 employees.
30 of these employees are responsible for cherry selection, quality monitoring, farmer reception, and coffee production.
The other 60 employees are all women who are devoted to extensive quality control and artisanal curation of coffee parchment.
We were fortunate enough to get limited quantity of these green beans which are freshly roasted and available in our shop. Be sure to get your bag today to support the Long Mile Coffee Project and experience a unique cup of coffee you’ll be sure to crave.Click Here To Buy Burundi Munyinya