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What is a
? Think of it like a town market. Freshly picked coffee cherry is delivered to the local washing station, where it is pooled together with coffee from neighboring farms, depulped, washed, and then dried on raised beds. In this case, 2750 local farmers are associated with the Mbirizi Washing Station.
What is a
? Well, a "lot" of coffee is a measurement term; one lot of coffee equals enough to fill a shipping container (approximately 220 x 132lb bags of green coffee). Microlot is a smaller quantity of coffee--sometimes because not enough is produced to fill a shipping container, and other times because a small amount of coffee has been removed from the larger pool due to exceptional quality.
Here, a small amount of coffee has been identified as exceptional and therefore withdrawn from the larger pool. A premium price is attached (which goes back to the farmers), and roasters like us snatch it up at a premium so we can pass it along to you!
Average farm size in Burundi is just about an acre. Poverty is widespread, with Burundi having Africa's second-lowest GDP (after Congo).
The coffee industry in Burundi was privatized after a long period of state control, in 2009. This paved the way for quality to really take off. Like its neighbor Rwanda, Burundi suffered a long and brutal civil war during the later part of the 20th century. Production of quality coffee has really helped the country recover, and coffee is now Burundi's main export. Now, the continued appetite for its terrific coffees is helping rebuild the country.
Burundi, like Rwanda, battles “potato defect”, a particularly distinctive cup defect that is similar to the smell and taste of a raw potato. Due to increased research on the causes and prevention, this defect is less common today.
Your odds of discovering potato defect is very rare. We encounter perhaps one single bean per hundred pounds of coffee. It is completely harmless, but most unpleasant in aroma and flavor, so if you do happen upon a "potato bean," throw out that batch of coffee and start over.
Washing Station: Mbirizi
Varietal: Bourbon, Jackson, and Mbirizi
Processing: Fully Washed, then Sun Dried on Raised Beds
Elevation: 1750-1900 meters
Roast Level: Lighter
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