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Burundi Ngozi Nzove Mwumba Washed​

Origin Burundi /

Altitude 1 631 meters /

Crop Year 2019 /

Varietal Red Bourbon /

Product Code 6802

About Burundi Ngozi Nzove Mwumba Washed​

n Burundi’s Ngozi province in 1992, Nzove coffee washing station coffee was built in the commune of Mwumba. The site of the station can be found in an area with remarkably fertile and nutritious soil which resulted in the local people of the area farming and cultivating the rich land without receiving any permission from the government at the time. In response to the unauthorized land use and in a drastic attempt to claim back order and control over the region, the government decided to have a coffee washing station constructed and had the project put in the control and management of a foreign man by the name of Mauricedes, in the hopes that order and farming regulations for the local people could be restored to the region. ​

The name of Nzove originates from the name “inzovu” which is the Kirundi word for elephant. The land here was once, in a time long ago, home to a vast number of elephant herds but unfortunately, as is the case with many animals that once roamed the country, Burundi’s history of expanding agriculture and violence drove them and even many people into the surrounding nations of Rwanda, the Congo, Uganda and Tanzania.​

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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.