Burundi – Gakenke – Bourbon – Washed


Farmer: Various smallholder farms

Gakenke Washing Station is located in the province of Kayanza and was established in 1991. Farmers here own less than half a hectare of land, on average, and in addition to growing coffee, they also grow crops like bananas, beans, yams, taro, and cassava, both for sale and for household use. There are 2667 farmers that deliver to this washing station, each farmer holding only 250 trees on roughly a tenth of a hectare.

Due to the small size and yield on the average coffee farm or plot, washing stations are the primary point of purchase for us in Burundi. Unlike other coffee-growing regions in Central and South America where landholdings are slightly larger and coffee-centric resources are more available, most producers do not have space on their property or the financial means to do their wet- or dry-milling. Instead, the majority of growers deliver cherry to a facility that does sorting, blending, and post-harvest processing of day lots to create different offerings.

Tasting Notes: Fresh lemon with mellow cacao, brown sugar, and cooked stone fruit flavours. Juicy citric acidity and mild candy-like sweetness.

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