Medium to Medium-Dark Roast Recommended

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Region: Stations in Kirundo and Muyinga Provinces

Municipality: Bujumbura

Producer Type: Privately Held Company

Altitude: Stations at 1650-1700 masl, coffee comes from surrounding hills

Genetic Varieties: Primarily Bourbon

Processing: Fully Wasahed, Natural, Honey, Experimental

Drying Method: Raised African Beds

Notes: Notes of pear, lemon, plum, chocolate, and tea with a juicy acidity and medium body

In 2012, Kahawa Link Company (Kalico), was started by Angele Ciza and her friend Consolata. They purchased seven washing stations with the idea of working in close partnership with growers so they could process and export Burundi’s best coffees. The washing stations are in the Kirundo and Muyinga Provinces in North-Eastern Burundi, each serving 1,000-3,000 small scale farmers.

To improve quality, Kalico began with outreach to the local farmers to ensure best farming practices. As the quality and value of the coffee increases Kalico further invests in additional training, environmental protection, inputs, micro-credit, micro-insurance, and social infrastructures in partnership with the producer organizations that deliver to their washing stations.