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Our first release of the year from our long term partners at the Long Miles Coffee Project in Burundi. Here we find ripe and fresh currant notes, followed by the typically Burundi herbal rooibos notes in the finish. The Long Miles Project, founded by Ben and Kristy Carlson, began work in 2013, aiming to raise the bar of specialty coffees coming out of Burundi. The project works with more than 4.500 individual coffee farmers living near three central washing stations, Bukeye, opened in 2013, Heza, from 2014 and Ninga, which had its first harvest in 2020. There are several reasons why producing speciality coffee in Burundi is an incredibly difficult task. There’s the incredibly unstable political situation, where government can change rules on coffee prices and production seemingly overnight, the geographical constraints that come with being a small landlocked country attempting to export coffee by sea freight, the constant threat of military coup. But through it all the Carlson family have managed to establish themselves as producers and exporters of consistently delicious coffees, all the while providing some semblance of stability to the lives of smallholder farmers that surround their washing stations in the northern Kayanza Province, near the border with Rwanda.

Anise

Apple

Type

Single Origin

Origin

Kayanza, Burundi

Roast

Medium

Species

Arabica

Varieties

Catimor

Process

Washed

Altitude

2000m

Producer

Long Miles Coffee Project

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