ALL OUR COFFEES ARE 100% ARABICA
250gr whole coffee beans
Producer : Incuti Washing Station and the surrounding 2,389 Farmers.
Region : Kayanza Provence
Country : Burundi 3°08’89”S 29°40’66”E
Elevation : 1675 Meters above sea level with farms up to 1900 meters
Varieties : Bourbon varieties including Jackson and some Mibrizi
Harvest : April - June 2020
Process : Natural dried on raised beds for 28 days
Flavour Notes : Tropical, passionfruit, sweet & jammy.
At 1675 meters above sea level the Incuti Washing Station is lower than most of its
surrounding coffee farms. This is where flowing water can be found, and is practical
for the farmers to bring their cherries from up to 1900 meters above. Once the
cherry is delivered it is floated in water to separate the ripe cherries from the unripe
or damaged cherries. Once only the best ripe cherries are selected the station will
process them naturally. After the cherries have been floated in water they are brought to the raised drying beds where they are consistently turned every hour until they are dried, taking up to 28 days.
In the language of Kirundi, Incuti means “friends”, which is the the foundation of the
partnership. Farmers get to share information on farming at the station and there is
a traceable system implemented by the washing station in order to make sure that
premiums get back directly to the farmers after the sale of the coffee. This is a
much needed source of revenue due to the relatively short harvest season.
There are a total of 2389 farmer contributing to the Incuti station, many of them
very small, and some with larger farms. Rather than separate the farmers
individually, the lots are separated into days, with contributing farmers listed on
those dates. The lot numbers above reflect the individual beds collected on any one
particular day. This forms the traceability to the farmers so that premiums can be
paid back for high scoring lots. Farmers are instructed on the quality of the cherry
and given advise on how to pick to achieve the highest price.
The farmers of Incuti Station have access to information to provide the best yield
from their coffee harvest. There is no use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides within
the group, as is common in Burundi due to their relative high costs. Manure and hay
primarily make up the organic compost used the farmers in the area. The costs of
organic certification are too high for the farmers but Incuti together with JNP are
currently seeking sponsorship.
Farming without chemicals requires consistent and good quality fertilization from compost and mulch, primarily manure and hay. Pruning is also essential for the best
yields of coffee cherries and is specified by agronomists which are hired by JNP to
support farmers in the region.
Often with restrictions to travel in Burundi we find it essential to maintain a strong
relationship with working partners on the ground. Headed by Jeanine Niyonzima-
Aroian, JNP Coffee is a traceable specialty coffee exporter active on the ground
providing information to improve coffee processing and farming, as well as paying
back premiums to the farmers for successful high scoring lots.
JNP has been actively involved with the International Women’s Coffee Alliance since
2015. The premiums paid to the International Women’s Coffee Alliance members in
Burundi have grown exponentially from $80K in 2016 to a total of $250K in 2020.
Thanks to CLIMA° for directly sourcing this coffee and providing detailed information on its origins.
THIS COFFEE CAN BE BREWED WITH YOUR PREFERRED BREW METHOD
We recommend espresso machine, stove top and V60.