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Burundi Tangara Mugirampeke Gasekanya Washed​

Origin Burundi /

Altitude 1607 meters /

Crop Year 2019 /

Varietal Red Bourbon /

Product Code 6805

About Burundi Tangara Mugirampeke Gasekanya Washed​

Mugirampeke washing station can be found in the Tangara zone, a name which originates from the word “gutangara” meaning to be surprised or astonished. Two kilometres away from Kivoga, there was a settlement of witch-doctors known as Bapfumu. These witch-doctors would make their way to a place called “Ku Kigabiro kwa Ntare” to receive their abilities and powers from a tree called the ficus tree which produced water from its roots. A King of old times would also make his way to this area, presumably to search for a wife according to the tale. At some point, the King began to cease coming to this place because the woman he did eventually find and make wife had sinned and betrayed him and in these times punishment was harsh and severe. The King’s rule stated that if a Queen lay with another man she would be taken from the living and sent to the devil by being executed. Ordinary people could not enter this place either, they would need to offer the Bapfumu a payment in the form of food or money. 7km from the station itself is a sacred site called Rushoka where, in 2001, Burundian officials came to celebrate under a ficus tree and sacrifice a cow. As well as producing coffee, the area produces an abundance of sorghum.

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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.