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Drip Bags- Gitwe, Burundi

$20.00

Tasting Notes: Dried Figs, Cherry and Honeydew

Region

Gitwe Hill, Kayanza

Producer

Smallholders

Processing

Natural

Altitude

1859-2086 MASL

Variety

Heirloom, Bourbon

Our relationship with our Burundian partners, Long Miles Coffee Project, dates back to 2016. Since then, we've featured their inspiring coffees and stories from various coffee growing hills surrounding their processing station, Heza, in the Kayanza province. Not a moment goes that the hills aren't bustling with village life or community projects, a notable few of which are Long Miles' initiatives.

Here marks another year with one of our favourite coffees from Gitwe Hill. The flavours unique to Gitwe are known for dark fruits like berries and cherries, combined with notes of sweet and dried fruit with floral hints. It has a forward sweetness akin to simple syrup with an acidity approaching grape and melons. It ends with a delightful syrup-like fruity lingering, reminiscent of a classic canned fruit.

Gitwe Hill is also where the Heza washing station is based, home to approximately 2000 coffee farmers and where the Long Miles team grow their own coffee trees. One main road connects all the hills in this northern province, and it's constantly stirring with village life, with people running by cars selling their produce to local crafters selling their carpentry at scattered small towns.

The Long Miles 'Coffee Scouts' support the local communities. They're a varied team of educators, community managers, mill experts, agronomists, and experienced farmers. In turn, farmers are never short of support, whether in building infrastructures like irrigation channels or communal workshops on pruning trees or producing organic fertilisers.

The agriculture industry - and coffee specifically - have a dark and violent history for Burundians. An impoverished country, with a majority of the population living beneath the poverty line, Long Miles Coffee Project had set out to bring farmers out of the problematic state of survival and into progressive, thriving social and economic opportunities for the communities that solely rely on their produce. Regardless of circumstances, the coffee communities have a powerful bond and work together to build better lives for one another. Long Miles realised that coffee is at the centre of opportunities for significant, positive impact.

Coffee is a lifeline for most people on the hills. It pays for school fees, clothing, livestock and home repairs. Farmers hope to develop their coffee crops to ensure a promising future for their children and the community.