|Farm / Coop
||Kinyovu Washing Station, in Matongo Community
||1,880 meters (5,828 feet)
||IWCA Burundi. Women-grown certified
||Score: 86.5 Notes: AROMA/FLAVOR:Dark Chocolate, fruity, herbal, Umami, banana, Marzapan, fruit cake. ACIDITY: complex, mostly tangerine citric with hints of phosphoric (the acidity in Coke) . OTHER: Multi-dimensional, creamy and long-lasting aftertaste. Great coffee for special occasions.
With the help of Nelson's "African sister", Jeanine Niyonzima-Aroian of JNP Coffee, we are very happy to offer this special micro-lot from the Kinyovu Washing Station in the Kayanza Province in northern Burundi, near the Rwanda border. IWCA Burundi has about 2,000 members from 5 different washing stations: Karehe, Kinyovu, Mutumba, Mutsinda and Kirema. The program is based on training women farmers to produce high quality coffee and improve household incomes.
In 2017, 1,146 farmers under the IWCA Burundi’s program brought cherries at Kinyovu washing station, 1,057 were women and 89 men (also allowed to be part of the program). Thus, 92% of he farmers at Kinyovu are women. The washing station is part of the 21 washing stations under the Sogestal Kayanza umbrella, which is majority owned by private individuals (including Jeanine) with a small percentage remaining under the government ownership (planned to be privatized in the future). Each washing station has an independent general manager and an independent quality manager. The average yearly production of Specialty coffee from Kinyovu is 60,000 kilograms (about three containers) of green export coffee.
Nelson had the pleasure of meeting some of the Kinyovu/Matongo farmers when he was a judge at the first-ever Burundi Cup of Excellence competition in 2012.
This is our first purchase of the Matongo community, but we plan on offering it on a regular basis.