Well-processed coffees from Burundi have a complex and juicy acidity, a high body and, generally speaking, notes of apricot jam, red berries and caramel.
Burundi’s coffee plantations are almost entirely made of Bourbon cultivars.
The Union of Cooperative COCOCA has been our first and only partner in Burundi since our inception. COCOCA is a group of 33 cooperatives counting 27,000 members and 34 washing stations across Burundi.
By coming together, the cooperatives can afford to provide services they wouldn’t be able to by themselves, such as access to pre-financing, quality management, certification procedures (organic, RFA, etc..) and access to international market. Together they managed to acquire their own dry mill, Horamama, which gives them full control over traceability, coffee processing, quality control and export of their coffee.
THE PLACE OF COFFEE AGRICULTURE IN BURUNDI
Burundi is amongst the three poorest countries in the world. 90% of the population lives in rural areas and only 5%-10% have access to electricity. The vast majority lives on $1.25 or less per day.
Its population still vastly relies on subsistence agriculture, meaning that they grow crops to sustain their own needs and that of their families.
As a result coffee is generally grown on less than one hectare, counting 400 trees on average. Added to non-existent education about agronomy and farm management, the production is extremely low (fewer than 4 bags exportable per year on average).