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Burundi Gitaba



Single Origin

Flavor Notes: Raspberry jam and clementine, dark chocolate and salted caramel.

Location: Rutana Province, Burundi
Processing: Fully washed, Sun-dried on patios
Varietals: Bourbon 
Elevation: 1557 msl

Roast Level 1

About this coffee

Burundi Gitaba is hand-picked and processed using the washed method. The washed method is the most common way to process coffee after it has been picked. Coffee beans are the seed of a fruit (the coffee cherry) and the fruit must be removed and the beans dried. With the washed method, the fruit is stripped from the beans immediately after being picked then the beans are submerged in water for fermentation and to dissolved the remaining fruit pulp. This washing station is known for the high quality of the water it uses during the fermentation process. After washing, the beans are dried on raised beds for typically no more than 21 days.

About 40 farmers living near Musongati grow the cherries for Gitaba in soil that's rich with minerals. While the area only began cultivating coffee recently (most plants are younger than five years old), Gitaba has won the Cup of Excellence three times.

This microlot was sourced from JNP Coffee which supports the education of farmers on optimal planting times, the careful harvesting of cherries, and on special sorting before wet mill processing, during and post drying and again before packing. JNP Coffee is also committed to supporting women coffee farmers in Burundi. Sales of their premium coffee ensure greater community stability through improved education for their children and new economic opportunities for their families. To broaden the sources of its coffees, JNP is involved in coffee production as a shareholder in multiple washing stations in the northern Burundi provinces of Kayanza and Ngozi.

Burundi is a land-locked country in central Africa. It is about the same size as Massachusetts but about twice as many people. It borders Tanzania, Rwanda and Congo. It is one of the poorest countries in the world with over 60% of the population living in extreme poverty.

For the most part specialty grade coffee is grown in very poor countries with little economic opportunity for most of the population. Coffee in these communities is often the only cash crop available. In that respect, coffee is problematic:

1.  It’s seasonal. Coffee is usually harvested once a year during one or two months, so there is no income when there is no harvest.

2.  The vast majority of coffee is purchased by multinational companies who pay the going market price for coffee — most recently around $1 a pound which is extremely low. We pay $5.15 a pound for this coffee.

The coffee commodity market is extremely volatile and changes from day to day, making the already very small income for growers that much more insecure. This is why New Harvest works with InterAmerican Coffee and JNP Coffee, our partners in paying fair prices to farmers around the world.

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