Lost Horizon - Burundi
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Smallholders at the Izuba washing station near Kabarore in the Kayanza region of Burundi
1500 - 1700 masl
Notes of Jasmine, Honey and Vanilla
Izuba means “sun” in Kirundi, the dialect of the local Kabarore Commune in the well known coffee growing Kayanza Province.
As of December 2019, our import partner Raw Material has had a production and export operation in Burundi, although they had been purchasing coffee from various producer groups since 2015.
Izuba Coffee Washing Station was their first station and is situated in the Kabarore Commune, in northern Burundi. In 2019 they operated the station under a lease agreement and processed a total of 89,000 kilos of cherry purchased from 784 families, around 150 x 60 kilo bags. Producing primarily fully washed coffee, small batch processing experiments proved successful with high quality cup profiles of both honey and natural process that will be carried out in larger volumes this 2020 crop.
The Izuba-RM team is made up of some very talented individuals, with in-country manager Gaudam Anbalagan (Gadz), who is one of the brothers and owners of the Muraho Trading Company, Rwanda. Izuba Coffee’s Managing Director is Prosper Bigirindavyi. Prosper has worked in the Burundian coffee industry for 19 years and adds a wealth of knowledge and experience, with his most recent position having managed and overseen over 19 washing stations throughout the country. Prosper is supported by Country Administrator, Deo Kete.
The Izuba washing station is located close to a nearby river, providing a vital and regular fresh water source for coffee processing. It currently produces washed coffees, but is actively developing both honey and natural processed lots. The station aims to provide premiums where possible to not only the farmers, but the station staff also.
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