Lime, grape, green apple and black tea.
Lime, grape, green apple and black tea
Built in 1972, Butegana CWS (a coffee washing station) was the first of its kind in Burundi. It collects the cherries from around 2000 farmers located on the neighbouring hills. Butegana has been UTZ certified since 2012. Kayanza has a reputation for being one of the best coffee producing regions in Burundi, due to its rich fertile soil, high altitude and plentiful rainfall.
Ripe cherries are delivered to the wet mill for careful sorting and floatation, to select the densest, highest quality cherries. The cherries are then pulped followed by fermentation for around 12 hours, depending on the climate condition.
After washing, the coffee is dried in the sun on raised African beds for around 14 days (what a treat) until the ideal moisture level has been reached. The coffee is covered during the hottest part of the day to ensure even drying. Once dried, the coffee is then transported to the Ikawa Nziza dry mill for grading, sorting and handpicking before being bagged ready for export.
Yet another level of dedication this coffee goes through before it gets into your hooves!