Country:Burundi
Region:Kayanza Province
Farm Size:Approximately 0.25 to 1 hectare/farm
Number of Farmers:1876
Altitude:6,750 feet
Varietals:French Mission Bourbon
Harvest:July 2016
Rainfall:40 - 60 inches per year
Production Method:Washed

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Country:Burundi
Region:Kayanza Province
Farm Size:Approximately 0.25 to 1 hectare/farm
Number of Farmers:1876
Altitude:6,750 feet
Varietals:French Mission Bourbon
Harvest:July 2016
Rainfall:40 - 60 inches per year
Production Method:Washed
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Burundi shares its northern border with Rwanda. Both countries are very tiny, each covering just over 10,000 square miles –similar to Massachusetts.
The terrain looks very similar between the two countries. Both reputedly grow the same varieties of coffee tree, Bourbon and Jackson Hybrid. Yet, in our experience, the best coffees of each country are distinctly different, Rwanda having notes reminiscent of Ethiopian coffees – with delicate tea notes - and certain Burundi coffees sharing the famous blackberry flavor of the finest Kenya coffees. Gitwe Hill is a case in point. Here is blackberry, mellower than the great coffees of Kenya, but sweet, very rounded and soft. A case of pure terroir?
Large scale Burundi soil analysis was taken and it showed most of the country has highly acidic in soil. The few areas where soil acidity was not high was around Gitwe and Nkonge.
The farms of Gitwe Hill (Meaning - Place of Skulls) are very small, with diversified crops – tea, onions, vegetables, fruits, livestock. Many have just fifty to a few hundred coffee trees, each producing under a pound of coffee per year. Heza washing station was constructed in 2014 by the American owners, Ben and Kristy Carson. They have worked for several years with the surrounding farming communities to improve agricultural practices for higher efficiency, sustainability and better quality. Heza washing staion is built into the face of a cliff overlooking the Kibiri rainforest bordering Rwanda.

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