Burundi | Ninga Washing Station
Burundi | Ninga Washing Station
Burundi | Ninga Washing Station

Burundi | Ninga Washing Station

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Coffee has a storied past in Burundi, one of the world’s poorest countries. It was introduced to the country in the 1920s under Belgian colonial rule, and all of the farmers were given coffee seedlings and forced to cultivate them with very little resources, support, or compensation to do so. 

Burundi is currently struggling to emerge from a 12-year, ethnic-based civil war that began in 1993. But it has been experiencing conflict since its independence from Belgium in 1962, and the country's history is marked by violent tensions between the Hutu majority and the Tutsi minority. Against this backdrop, a new generation of coffee farmers are emerging!

Farmer // 764 Small Holder Farmers

Region // Muramvya Province

Process // Washed

Variety // Bourbon

Altitude // 1800-2000masl

Flavor Notes // Dates, Honey, Stone Fruit

From our Importers Osito Coffee:

The Ninga community is far beyond the reach of electricity. Even the glass bottles of Coca-Cola that usually find their way into tiny roadside shops are difficult to find on Ninga. Coffee trees occupy any space they can on this hill from the edge of the single-track dirt paths that weave through the hills to the doorsteps of farmers’ self-made mud-brick houses. With every violent conflict that has broken out in Burundi, Ninga farmers have scattered into the surrounding hills and forest areas with no established place of refuge to run to. During these times the coffee trees have stood alone, waiting for their owners to return.

Many decades later, farmers return home and try to combat the effects that years of neglect have had on their land. Yet, Ninga Hill produces elegant and complex coffees, with flavors that are layered and not at all muddled. Our commitment to working more closely with this Hill has never been stronger. Ninga Hill is also the location of the third Long Miles Coffee washing station. We bought a piece of land 10km from our Bukeye Washing Station, flanked by the Nkokoma river. In 2019, we cleared the land and constructed traditional African-raised drying tables in the hope of seeing Ninga Washing Station built to completion in time for the next coffee harvest. For the past two seasons, Ninga Station has produced truly stunning coffees.

We (the Long Miles Coffee Project) started the Farmer Field School where team members meet a couple of times a week on each other’s farms to exchange ideas and knowledge, experiment with farming practices, find innovative ways to increase coffee productivity, mitigate climate change and improve soil health on their farms. ​​Since the start of the Farmer Field School back in 2015, many farmers have planted nitrogen-fixing plants, green manures, a mix of indigenous plants, and shade trees on their coffee farms.

Check out Long Miles Coffee Project for more awesome info and stories on coffee in Burundi: https://www.longmilescoffeeproject.com/a-history-of-coffee-in-burundi-and-why-we-started-farmer-field-schools/

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