Muttley & Jack's - Burundi
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Smallholders from the Muryta Commune in the Kayanza province of northern Burundi
Floral aroma. Bright, floral, with tasting notes of blackberry, gooseberry, raspberry, tropical fruit and brown sugar sweetness. Transparent with a long, fresh finish
Cupping Score - 89
Our coffee is grown in the Kayanza province, in Muruta Commune. It's in the northern reaches of the country, bordering with Rwanda. In Kayanza, the weather is mild, with an average annual temperature of 18°C. Most coffee farms are between 1,700 and 2,000 m.a.s.l. The highest rainfall is in April, while July is drier. All these conditions combine to create coffee known for its high acidity and citric notes.
Out of the four washing stations owned by the producer Salum Ramadhan Buziraguhindwa was the first one. Salum is extremely detail oriented, invests a lot of time training local staff and have a great loyal work force. He’s also investing in social and environmental projects such as education in the local areas, ponds for waste water etc.
The main harvest will normally start very slowly in March, peak around May (depending on altitude and weather) and end in July. The family members on the small farms are working the land, picking the coffee cherries themselves in the afternoon or on Saturdays. They will then either deliver the cherries to Buziraguhindwa washing station by foot or bicycle, or to the closest collection points where Salum will have he’s site collector, meaning a representative from Buziraguhindwa washing station. They are strategically placed in remote areas to buy cherries. The farmers are free to deliver their cherries to anyone offering the highest price. And the competition in this area can be hard. Salum and he’s collectors will communicate with the local farmers on selective picking and sorting. To attract farmers with the best qualities they are constantly paying premiums above the market prices to improve the product