"Buy our coffee and let the world know about us." This was the message JNP Coffee owner Jeanine Niyonzima received from the women at the Kirema washing station in the Kayanza Province in 2013.
Since then, JNP has worked with these women, who are part of the Burundi chapter of the International Women's Coffee Alliance (IWCA), paying premiums for quality that the producers use to support their community's growth. In 2014, Kirema won the Cup of Excellence.
Coffee farmers in Burundi generally own 25 to 50 trees. Most coffee farmers in Burundi are less than 25 years old—though the average coffee tree is 20 years old. In recent years, much emphasis has been placed on planting new trees.
This coffee was grown around 1,950 masl and was fully washed. Expect notes of vanilla, toffee, lemon and green tea.
(Photo, of Jeanine Niyonzima with Kirema producers, courtesy of JNP Coffee.)