Burundian Nkonge sourced from Long Miles Coffee Project via Specialty Coffee Exchange.
Burundi, like its neighbour to the North Rwanda, sits in the Goldilocks Zone for growing coffee. Temperatures, Soils and Altitude all are ideal, for producing great coffee. As a result coffee is a major export.
The country has suffered under war and various regimes and this is still the case today. The current unrest has its roots in a 2015 (read more here: Burundian unrest (2015–present)). It means that the logistics of getting coffees from this country can be a challenge.
Long Miles Coffee Project
Quaffee started working with the Long Miles Coffee Project in 2013. Ben and his wife Kristy fell in love with the country and uprooted the family with a vision. We met Ben in 2012 on a customers couch, and the relationship started then. From his first crop in 2013, that we were able to secure, through the troubles in 2015 (we missed a year here) and the current challenges. Ben and his family have setup two processing stations that work with the locals to process the coffees using quality as a focus.
Local farmers benefit financially from this direct involvement, both because of higher premiums paid, and also thanks to the agronomic assistance the project provides to growers. A result of which has been an increase in production and quality.
As part of our involvement with The Vineyard Hotel we are always keen to secure a lot from each crop from LMCP for their coffee in house. We flew Ben and Kristy out to chat about their experience in 2016. You can watch that talk on YouTube:
You can read a far more romatically worded story about LMCP here: http://www.longmilescoffeeproject.com/story/…
This Nkonge is our 2017/2018 crop and fifth shipment from LMCP. The coffee is a base of the Vineyard Espresso Blend, but easily standard on its own.
From: HIll Guide-Nkonge Hill marketing: With the help of coffee scouts Minani and Thierry, farmers are slowly rejuvenating their farms. The scouts are contributing greatly to farmers’ knowledge on growing and taking care of their coffee. Scouts are also working hard to motivate young people to take an interest in coffee. Their vision is to form a youth association and source land for them to start their own farms.
The Long Miles farm can also be found on Nkonge hill. The Heza washing station manager Jeremie has planted a couple of thousand new coffee trees here. 2018 season will be the first time we harvest and taste our very own home-grown coffee.
|Region:||Kayanza province, Burundi.|
|Hill:||Nkonge Hill, Heza washing station.|
|Farmers:||Two selected lots from 1,392 farmers, 167 270 from trees.|
|Processing||Red Honey: A thin layer of of pulp is removed with the skin to start. Then the coffee is dried on raised beds in the sun, being tossed regularly. Removed from the beds when moisture content is below 11%.|
|Packaging||Grain Pro with Hessian|
|Characteristics||Berries, and dried fruit with a caramelized brown sugar finish|
|Roast||Medium charge with full flame until after browning, where upon flame is steadily decreased until first crack. Where it is left until drop after around 1 minute|