Burundi Ninga
Burundi Ninga
Burundi Ninga
Burundi Ninga
Burundi Ninga
Burundi Ninga
Burundi Ninga
Burundi Ninga
Burundi Ninga
Burundi Ninga
Burundi Ninga
Burundi Ninga
Burundi Ninga
Burundi Ninga
Burundi Ninga
Burundi Ninga

Burundi Ninga

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Sisältö Whole Beans, 250 g

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This is a fantastic sweet natural coffee with a taste of strawberry and blackberry, with a great freshness that resembles blood orange.

The coffee is produced by Long Miles Coffee which is run by Ben & Kristy Carlson. They moved to Burundi in 2011 and saw that both injustice and poor farming practices permeated the country's coffee industry. They also saw that roasters around the world had a hard time getting consistently good coffee from Burundi. In an effort to see positive change in both farmers’ and roasters’ lives, Long Miles Coffee was born.

At the roastery, we simply call them "Long Miles". We have worked closely with them since 2014 and know each other very well now. At harvest, we get a lot of samples based on our discussions, and what they think may appeal to us. There are always many good coffees, and often there is something we like more than anything else! As we cupped this year's natural coffees, we especially fell for this coffee from Ninga Hill. We are mainly looking for fruity and fresh coffees when it comes to naturals from Burundi, and this is really an exceptionally good one! We have mostly brewed this coffee using a V60, which we think highlights the freshness of the coffee but still retains sweetness.

When Long Miles built its first Bukeye washing station at Gaharo Hill, they were overwhelmed by the interest of the producers. Working scales and fair payment meant that the deliveries from coffee farmers far exceeded the capacity of the small washing station. To get even closer to many of the producers, Long Miles in 2017 decided to build a washing station at Ninga Hill. This means that 2,000 coffee farmers around Ninga don’t have to go as far to deliver their coffee cherries. The time between picking and processing at a washing station is also shortened, which helps to increase the quality of the coffee. Due to bureaucratic obstacles, however, the construction of the washing station could not start until 2020. Our coffee Burundi Ninga is among the first lots of natural coffee produced there! Next year, they also hope to be able to produce washed coffee.

To increase the quality of coffee and the motivation of producers, Long Miles 2015 initiated the Farmer Field Schools project. The idea is that the farmers being part of the project will get model farms, and in turn spread the knowledge further to nearby farmers. Long Miles walked around to the farmers on the different hills and invited them to join. The only criteria was to cultivate coffee. The participants were trained, for example, in how to prune trees, composting, weed management, fertilization and pest control. Long Miles separated lots from these producers for the first time in 2020. Our coffee Burundi Ninga is such a coffee. The expectation with the project is partly to make more producers feel pride and commitment in their coffee farming, but above all to make the cultivations more sustainable, both agriculturally and economically.

Burundi Ninga is a natural coffee, which means that the coffee beans are dried in their cherries. The first step at the washing station is to sort out the coffee cherries that are not perfectly ripe. This is done through density sorting, so-called floating, with the help of water. Unripe and overripe cherries are removed as they float to the surface faster than perfectly ripe cherries. After that the cherries are also sorted by hand before being placed on drying tables. There they spend 25-30 days drying, depending on the weather. The deep red coffee cherries slowly transform to a prune-like purple-black colour, until reaching the ideal 10.5% moisture level. Then the beans are dry enough not to risk getting bad, but still retain as much as possible of their flavours. Now the coffee beans are separated from the dried cherry. Finally, the coffee is sorted one last time and placed in bags where the coffee rests for a few weeks before it is ready to be sent to us.

COFFEE INFO

Origin: Burundi
Region: Kayanza
Producer: Long Miles Coffee 
Farm: Ninga Washing Station
Altitude: 1800 m.a.s.l.
Variety: Red Bourbon
Coffee process: Natural

Taste Notes: Strawberry, blood orange, blackberry

Content: 100% coffee

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