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Burundi Kayanza Gahahe Natural

Origin Burundi /

Altitude 1805 meters /

Crop Year 2019 /

Varietal Red Bourbon /

Product Code 6807

About Burundi Kayanza Gahahe Natural

At the station of Gahahe, we find ourselves dabbling in a few cattle and royalty-related stories and history. The hill itself, also called Gahahe, contained remarkably fertile soil which allowed the vegetation to flourish and earned the hill its nick-name of “kubavomere batumish” which translates to the evergreen blanket. This name is in reference to the Gahahe tree which, mixed with the hills fertile soil, is incredibly resistant to drought. The hill of Gahahe was also quite famously the residence of Prince Nduwumve, whose son’s favourite sub-hill to play and explore was Gisoro. The other two sub-hills, Kinyentama and Gisozi, each hold some unique tales of their own. Gisozi is where the Prince would have his cows feed and drink from a river. His bull was particularly fussy and needed to be the first to drink from the river. If any cow dared drink before the bull, he’d dirty the drinking spot to ensure none of the other cows could take a drink. The sub-hill of Kinyentama is the first place in Burundi where the people of the country ate mutton. The local people showed no interest in the meat as it was a favourite of the disregarded Batwa people until one day someone decided to try and in realizing how delicious it was, encouraged its consumption and trade.

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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.