Burundi is back on the menu. And as always our Burundi comes from the one and only Long Miles Coffee Project. This time from their project called Farmer Field School (FFS) and their first washing station: Heza. With flavor notes of honey, wild strawberries and lime this one ticks all the boxes of a great summer brew.
Flavor notes: Honey, wild strawberries, lime
Origin: Kayanza, Burundi
Producer: multiple small-holder farmers
Altitude: 1600-1700 masl
Importer: Direct trade
Beginning of the relationship: 2016
Direct trade price: 11,80€/kg
Even before starting Populus Coffee, we knew we wanted to work together with the Long Miles Coffee Project. And ever since the beginning, all our coffees from Burundi have come from this wonderful farmer-focused initiative whit the aim to bring smallholder farmers and roasters closer together in order to better the quality of coffee and more importantly the life of the Burundian coffee farmers. Neither of these is an easy task to take on by any account. Growing specialty coffee requires a lot of labor, care, and knowledge in all countries but when you combine that with the unstable political situation, highly regulated and bureaucratic coffee market, geographical constraints coming from being a landlocked country attempting to export coffee by sea freight and of course the constant threat of military coup the job can seem next to impossible. With hard work and a great group of people involved Long Miles has found a way to establish themselves as producers and exporters of consistently extraordinary coffees.
FFS stands for Farmer Field School - a project consisting of just 287 farmers out of the 5,500 who sell their coffee to the LMCP washing stations. They meet a few times a week on each other’s farms to discuss farming practises, mitigate climate change and find ways to increase productivity. They work together with coffee scouts and anyone from the community can join and learn from their activities of pruning, planting, fertilising, weeding etc. This encourages the producers to work together instead of trying to tackle the challenges alone. During the peak harvest they meet weekly to selectively pick uniforms cherries before bringing them to the washing station.
The project started in 2015 and within two years the team managed to double their production. They have introduced green manure, nitrogen fixing trees, indigenous shade trees to their farms. This is the first year that the coffee of FFS producers have been collected and processed separately. Their dedication is well displayed in this delicious lot.
Please keep in mind that our roast day is Monday. All orders received before Monday 10.00 will be shipped at the latest on Wednesday.