Burundi – Microlot – Gihere – Ngozi – Natural B19669
Burundi microlots are selected out of the daylots created by various centralized washing stations, basis cup quality. Because the average farmer in Burundi owns 1/8–1/4 a hectare of land, many smallholder farmers will deliver their fresh cherry to a washing station in order to be sorted and processed; microlots, then, are blended lots comprising coffees from many producers that express exquisite coffee, but are not generally traceable to the individual producers.
Gihere Central Washing station receives coffee from over 1600 small-holder producers in the Ngozi region of Burundi. The average farmer in this region only has approximately 250 trees, which is extremely small. They are picking their ripe coffee by hand here. This washing station was established in 1984 and features adequate soaking and floating tank for optimal coffee processing and has over 200 drying tables. As a result, they can process nearly 20,000 bags of coffee in total here. As a result of this washing station being established in the 80s, many small-holder farmers have gained access to capital investments, education, and infrastructure to produce exceptional coffees and improve their livelihoods. After coffee has dried, it it transported to the capital city of Gitega for dry milling and export.