Washing Station: Murago
Importer: Balzac Brothers - Charleston, SC - http://balzacbrothers.com/
Elevation: 1650-1750 MASL
Tasting Notes: Vanilla, apricot, maraschino cherry
Leading the charge for this coffee is Angèle Ciza, CEO of Kahawa (“coffee” in Swahili) Company, a leader in sustainability and women's empowerment in Burundi. She believes that good coffee is achieved by using best practices in the nurseries and during picking but by also investing in additional training, environmental protection, social infrastructure, and cost sharing reductions for their producers. For her, investing in those who grow coffee, especially women, is essential to further developing Burundi. The mill draws in coffee from 3,023 producers from Bonero hill, who primarily grow the Bourbon variety. This coffee is selected from a combination of smallholder farmers in Butihina commune, lying between 1650m and 1750m above sea level, and processed at the Murango washing station. It is one of many coffees processed at Murango which have placed several top scoring coffees in past Burundi cup of excellence competitions.