DESCRIPTION: Cantaloupe, maple, clove, candied orange, and cherry tomato
REGION: Gatara, Kayanza
ALTITUDE: 1,612 m
Coffee has been a crop of renewal in many African countries, Burundi included. As is the case with many of its neighbors, coffee farming had fallen out of favor by the time of the country’s civil war in the 1990s. Since then, however, the country’s leadership has honed in on coffee as a major priority. Producers have made enormous strides in production quality in just 10 years time. Now, it’s now the number one export, and Burundi stands alongside neighboring Rwanda and Democratic Republic of the Congo as a new favorite in speciality coffee.
The Butegana co-op is among those producing exceptional coffees in Burundi. This group of 3,600 small farms is located in the Kayanza region, known for its rich volcanic soils and optimal growing conditions. Coffees are delivered to the central washing station and meticulously processed to deliver a clean, bright, complex cup.