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Burundi Mpanga Washing Station

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Located in the Kayanza region, Mpanga washing station processes coffees from 3,400 farmers which are then separated into lots named after the surrounding hills of which they are grown. These surrounding hills are located between 1,750-1,950masl: Karurusi, Maruri, Nyangwe, Ntarambo, Nyabikaranga, Kibenga and Kinyamukizi. Mpanga Washing Station is well recognized for the complex, clean specialty coffee that come from Burundi. Mpanga is equipped with 450 drying beds and a six disc McKinnon pulping machines.  Total production is about 1,500 tons of cherry per year.

Mpanga has garnered high scores in the Burundi Cup of Excellence, including 1st and 3rd place in the 2014 COE. The washing station was built in 2008 under the initiative of Jean-Clement Birabereye, who manages the mill  and represents the farmers through the trading company SEGEC (Societe General d'exploitation et d'exportation du Cafe). Jean-Clement boasts an incredible resume, with more than 15 years of experience in milling.

Through SEGEC, Jean-Clement offers a premium to producers whose coffees place in competition, motivating farmers to meticulous harvesting and agricultural practices.  The station prides itself on paying above market price for cherries to encourage high quality production at each harvest.

Kibenga
weighing-cherriesKibenga coffees are from the Kayanze Province, Buyenzi region made of up 105 coffee producers. The average farm size per producer is 400 coffee trees and the average quantity of producing coffee per producer is 1,600kg. the Kibenga farms are part of the natural reserve forest with high mountains in Burundi and filled with young coffee plantations.

Elevation: 1,830m

Varieties: Bourbon

Cupping Notes - Floral, orange, brown sugar, nutmeg, chocolate, lemon lime acidity, grapefruit aftertaste

 

Karurusi
mpanga-washing-station-2The Karurusi lot coffees are from the Kayanza Province, Buyenzi region and made up of 99 coffee producers. The average farm size per producer is 252 coffee trees and the average quantity of producing coffee per producer is 1021kg.

 

Elevation - 1,820 m

Varieties: Bourbon

Cupping Notes - Bright, clean and balanced with a creamy body and sweet aftertaste. Dark chocolate, juicy pink grapefruit, caramel, lemon.

 

Kirema
mpanga-washing-station-1Elevation - 1,795 m

Cupping Notes - Complex acidity, lemon lime, nectarine, date, bourbon, delicate.

 

 

Shimu
burundi mpangaElevation - 1,810 m

Cupping Notes - Cola, red apple, juicy. Chocolatey. Sweet and balanced. Nectar like body.

 

 

Bubezi
burundiElevation - 1,805 m

Cupping Notes - Toffee, nutmeg, baker's chocolate. Tropical fruit. Delicate. Syrupy body. Cools floral and vanilla. Excellent balance.

 

Natural
pyramid-dry-processTerrior: Laterite     Elevation: 1850m,a.s.l  Varietal: Red Bourbon

Family/ Hill: Nyangwe family on Mpanga Hills

Cupping Notes - Excellent fragrance. Complex acidity. Strawberry rhubarb, watermelon candy, peach. Cools lemon drop. Dark chocolate. Balanced and delicate as it cools.

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