Burundi - Buzira Muruta
BLACKCURRANT, MELON & FLORAL
PRODUCER - KAYANZA COFFEE PROCESSING COMPANY
REGION - MBIRIZI, KAYANZA PROVINCE
VARIETY - BOURBON, JACKSON & MBIRIZI
PROCESS - WASHED
This fully washed coffee is sourced from family-owned farms organized around the Coffee Processing Company (CPC), which was established in 2010 by Salum Ramadhan who was born and raised in the Kayanza province, Burundi. Salum operates 4 washing stations in Kayanza. All four stations reflect Salum’s passion for coffee and his commitment to his community. Lots are meticulously separated and are fully traceable to harvest date and washing station. Each lot is classified through a strict protocol that includes hand sorting and floating the cherry. Depulped coffee undergoes a three-part fermentation process – 16 hours of dry fermentation, then another 14 hours of fermentation with water, and then washed and soak in fresh water for 10 hours. Salum pays well above the government minimum for the cherry and pays farmers extra to sort them. He also encourages the farmers keep and process unused cherry for personal consumption or to sell in the local market. Salum has a nursery program In which he distributes seedlings to farmers. He has also been paying to build additional classrooms to alleviate problems with overcrowding in the schools in his hometown.