Origin : Burundi
Region: Buyenzi, Kayanza Province
Altitude: 1700 – 1800 MASL
Variety: Red Bourbon
Cupping Notes: Cranberry, melon and lime
One of the fantastic partners Raw Material works with in Burundi is Zuberi Matsitsi, owner of Matraco Coffee. One of his stations, Businde, is located in the northern province of Kayanza, close to the Rwandan border.
This is a station with a wide reach to local coffee farmers, processing the cherries of up to 1200 local farming families. As a washing station, it is important to consider the payment of workers who process the cherry as well as the price received by those who cultivated them. Businde’s producers received a premium that was 20% above the local market rate this season, by working with the station.
As a station, Businde pays its staff almost 60% above the rate for casual labour in Burundi. To assist with the dispersing of coffee pulp, Matraco distributes this compost as fertiliser to help the farmers nearby. Alongside this, they assist with the yields of local farmers by donating seedlings to their farms. Higher profits accompanied by the potential of more cherries to sell. We are excited to share these coffees with you for their profile as much as for the benefits they provide those who produced them.