BURUNDI, KAYANZA PROVINCE | 1675 MASL | RED BOURBON | WASHED-PROCESS
A proud partnership between Masha Washing Station, Greenco, Sucafina, and Coffeebar.
This coffee comes to us via the importer Sucafina, a multi-national with a heavy presence in East Africa. More specifically though, it’s the work of the exporter, Greenco, that is of interest. Greenco was founded in 2015 and works exclusively in Burundi. They work with 44,000 farmers, with a goal of increasing quality and create a more sustainable income for these producers.
Masha is the name of the washing station where this coffee comes from. It is the central collection hub for more than 2,500 coffee farmers in the surrounding hills. The majority of these farmers will be subsistence farmers, with coffee as the primary cash crop (average production is about 300 pounds of green coffee per farmer). This is the standard model in East Africa, and so improved pricing models can have large benefits for these producers.
The coffee bag design is inspired the African raised drying beds that the farms use to process their coffee. Not only do the drying beds create beautiful patterns of red, yellow, purple, and brown coffee cherries on an otherwise lush green landscape, but they are also a testament to the farms’ constant pursuit of improvement to their product. Keeping the cherries off the ground, the cherries are able to dry more evenly, which produces more consistent batches.
Photos By: Sucafina
Design By: Coffeebar