Collection

Burundi

Urukundo Rw’ikawa By Paw Gissel
Shot during our visit in Burundi with Long Miles coffee in 2018

Blackberry, Molasses and Redcurrant

Gitwe

Blackberry jam notes are underpinned by a rich almost confected sweetness, and punctuated by a characteristic Burundian currant acidity.

Country: Burundi

Process: Natural

250g/8.8oz

Kr. 144,00

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Raspberry, Honey and Black Tea

Heza #13

A crisp sweetness-acidity balance is reminiscent of fresh raspberry and honey in our first release of the year from the Long Miles Coffee Project.

Country: Burundi

Process: Washed

250g/8.8oz

Kr. 135,00

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Blackberry, Mango and Brown Sugar

Nzove

Characteristic berry jam notes are joined by wild tropical fruit in this naturally processed lot from the Nzove hill.

Country: Burundi

Process: Natural

250g/8.8oz

Kr. 139,00

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Redcurrant, Honey and Rooibos

Gatukuza #7

A crisp balance between fresh redcurrant acidity and deep honey sweetness is followed by a long finish with notes of rooibos.

Country: Burundi

Process: Washed

250g/8.8oz

Kr. 129,00

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A difficult year in Burundi

The Long Miles Project, founded by Ben and Kristy Carlson, opened its doors in 2013 and aims to raise the bar of specialty coffees coming out of Burundi. The project works with more than 4.500 individual coffee farmers living near two central washing stations, Bukeye, opened in 2013 and Heza, from 2014. There are several reasons why producing speciality coffee in Burundi is an incredibly difficult task. There’s the incredibly unstable political situation, where government can change rules on coffee prices and production seemingly overnight, the geographical constraints, that come with being a small landlocked country attempting to export coffee by sea freight, the constant threat of military coup. But through it all the Carlson family have managed to establish themselves as producers and exporters of consistently delicious coffees, all the while providing some semblance of stability to the lives of smallholder farmers that surround their two washing stations in the northern Kayanza Province, near the border with Rwanda.

This year has been a particularly difficult one in Burundi. Yields on trees are down, and a flare-up in the political situation led to logistical difficulties, both for farmers taking cherry to processing stations, and for projects like Long Miles transporting processed coffee out of the country.

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