Burundian Nyinya is a naturally processes coffee we sourced directly from Long Miles Coffee Project.
Long Miles Coffee Project (LCMP)
This is the fifth harvest (but unfortunately not the fifth consecutive year) We have had coffee from this project.
Using their bio description from their website:
Founded by Ben and Kristy Carlson, Long Miles Coffee was born in the lush coffee producing country of Burundi, East Africa. All over Burundi we saw farmers being taken advantage of by a broken coffee system. Poor farming practices also kept farmers in poverty. We saw an opportunity to improve people’s lives by improving the quality of the coffee they produced. While dreaming of great coffee and a better future for farmers, we built our first washing station (or wet mill) in 2013.
In our first season, with the help of our friends and devoted blog readers, we sold all the coffee before it even hit the drying tables. This overwhelming support allowed us to pay the farmers who delivered their coffee cherries to us months before any other washing station in our area, and we quickly became established as a vital part of the community.
Our second washing station, Heza, came online in 2014 just before the country plummeted into a season of instability. Along with building Heza, we planted our first coffee farm, which was an encouragement to the hundreds of small holding farmers around us. They saw that we were committed to the land, no matter what the political climate.
Murakoze cane (thank you very much).
This coffee is from the 2019 Harvest. We were unable to secure the services of a local agent and the delayed the shipment. We eventually made the call to air-freight the coffee. As the coffee was about to depart the world closed down due to the COVID-19 crises. This mean the coffee was further delayed. It is here.
Burundi’s 2019 Harvest was their lowest in 20 yields, so besides the logistical issues we had the coffee was scarce to start with. The LMCP harvest was only 15% of the average. As they said in the PDF “Despite this low volume year, it hasn’t all been bad news lately. Because you have come alongside us year after year, we have been able to fight against some of the root causes of climate change in our region. Our Trees for Kibira reforestation program has already planted more than 40,000 trees. Our Coffee Scouts continue to talk to their farmer friends about the importance of small things that make a big difference, like planting shade trees and ground cover crops. The Farmer Field School program is also currently helping to rebuild and rejuvenate tired coffee farms and increase production for many farmers.”
Burundian Nyinya Natural
The Burundian Nyinya Natural coffee is grown and produced by farming families in the northern province of Ngozi, a stone’s throw away from the Rwandan border. The Nyamuswaga river runs through these neighbouring coffee hills, turning much of the surrounding landscape into a lush wetland. Bananas, maize, potatoes, beans, cassava, sweet potatoes and peas can be found growing alongside coffee, wrapping the hill in every imaginable shade of green.
Number of Farming Families
More than 1533 farming families from 20 nearby coffee hills deliver their cherries to the local collection point. Although women only make up 32% of these producers, they are the thread that holds coffee farming communities together in Burundi. Burundian women work incredibly hard-hand tilling the soil, growing, harvesting, sorting and hauling multiple crops not just coffee. They often do it with a baby on their back or a child at their hip.
Processing: Natural process coffees
After picking ripe coffee cherries for hours in the early morning, farmers selectively hand pick and float their cherries at home before delivering them. A farmer might walk as far as 8km on narrow dirt footpaths carrying coffee cherries on their head in order to reach this collection point.
There is a pre-selection area and floating station at the LMCP collection point where their coffee cherries are taken to be sorted and floated once again. Any underdeveloped, low-density or insect damaged cherries will float to the top and are easily skimmed off. Cherries that rise to the top are bought at a lower price, their quality immediately separated from the sinkers then processed and sold as a lower grade coffee.
After each farmer’s cherries have been selected, weighed and their contribution recorded, this coffee which is exclusively an Arabica Bourbon cultivate is laid out in a single layer on traditional African raised beds to dry in its whole fruit. The cherries are then meticulously hand-sorted for colour, ripeness and insect damage by a team of pickers. The drying cherries are rotated continuously throughout the day and covered when the sun’s rays are too intense, when it’s raining and overnight.
Commitment to the perfect moisture level (10-11%) means coffee spends 20-30 days slow drying, depending on the weather conditions, soaking up as much of the hot East African sun as possible.
Bonuses are paid to farming families in the form of a second payment at the end of the export year- before the next harvest season opens.
Details of Burundi Nyinya Natural
Typically, the LMCP Burundi’s have a sugar intensity similar to that you find in jam. Here the sweetness has is more molasses in nature. Strong almost black berry notes come through as you drink this medium-full bodied coffee.
|Region:||Tangara Commune, Ngozi Province, Burundi|
|Farming Families:||1553 in the whole community on 20 Hills|
|Harvest:||Main crop: May-July (2019).|
|Processing:||Natural slow dried on African raised beds|
|Altitude / Latitude:||1,566 masl|
|Packaging:||GrainPro in Hessian|
We bought this coffee directly from Long Mile Coffee Project, who pay a premium for quality. We paid $4/pound of coffee. Unfortunately we were not able to organise cost effective logistics. Hence, had to airfreight this coffee (which has negative effect on both the environment and the price). Logistics to get the coffee to us cost $4.23/pound.