Region: Stations in Kirundo and Muyinga Provinces
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.