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Burundi Ngozi Gihere Tangara Washed​

Origin Burundi /

Altitude 1691 meters /

Crop Year 2019 /

Varietal Red Bourbon /

Product Code 6806

About Burundi Ngozi Gihere Tangara Washed​

Gihere station falls within the Tangara zone. Gihere is the Kirundi name for bed bugs as many were found around the station. The name of Tangara comes from the word “Gutangara” meaning “to be surprised”. The origin for this name comes from the story of the local people being astonished by helicopters flying over their lands and making pieces of small paper fall from the sky. The area was actually a military training zone and in particular, for skydiving exercises done by the troops but the local villagers weren’t used to seeing such unfamiliar machinery. 6km’s from the station is where a famous Prince called Bigayimpunzi was a contributor to the democratization of coffee farming. Coffee was called the precious cherry and made the main crop of this region due to how it helps in the livelihood of thousands in the area. Before the station arrived, farmers and their families would de-pulp cherries in their homes and would only cook supper much later to ensure participation from everyone in the household. The region became a cross roads for coffee and a famous saying arose with the farmers who would say when needing a loan, “I’ll pay you when I harvest my coffee, not when I harvest my cassava”. The inhabitants of Gihere are very well known to be greatly artistic and musical, in particular with the Inanga, a traditional piano.

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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.