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Burundi Gisha Gatare Natural

Origin Burundi /

Altitude 1666m /

Crop Year 2019 /

Varietal Red Bourbon /

Product Code 6800

About Burundi Gisha Gatare Natural

Gisha station is located in a very important part of Tangara commune. Before arriving at Gisha, you’ll arrive at a swamp which is home to a large river named Nyamuswaga which is known to have a terrible thickness and deepness. The river claimed the lives of paramilitary personnel who were undergoing paramilitary training and according to legend, it was the doing of the animals of the river. The river is also home to a local fish called Claria which is a reason for its popularity amongst many fishermen. Many locals say that upon arrival, the scene resembles that of the ocean.

Just uphill of Gisha station, you can observe magnificent views of the surrounding landscapes. The hill was once the home of King Bigayimpunzi and also houses a beautiful palace which was used as the home of highly ranked dignitaries who oversaw the administration of the region. The commissaries who ruled over the communes of Kiremba, Tangara and Gashikanwa also lived in this house. Gisha is considered the headquarters of the commune’s jurisdiction and its name was given by the King who named it so after the hill of his home. The commune of Tangara is named so after a visit from the last prince of Burundi, Prince Louis Rwagosore.

Gatare is one of the hills surrounding Gisha CWS from where farmers bring their cherries. This hill is located in Gashikanwa commune in Ngozi province.

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About Burundi

Coffee was introduced to Burundi by Catholic Monks from the small island of Reunion in the 1930’s. Most popular variety is Bourbon, however other varieties are grown including Blue Mountain. The crop is exclusively grown by smallholders, which are grouped into farmer associations called Sogestals.

Due to the age of the trees and the variance in rainfall, there is a huge amount of fluctuation in coffee production. On average the crop is around 20,000MT. All of the the trees are Arabica, with around 70% processed as fully washed. There was an attempt to introduce Robusta in Burundi by establishing a large plantation, however this was destroyed during the times of civil was and rebellion towards the end of the 20th century.