Burundi Long Miles Coffee Project Mikuba Hill Lot 58 Espresso Coffee

$ 19.00$ 60.00

Stewed stone fruit, apple, panela & soft creamy body.

Farm: Multiple Small Farms
Washing Station: Heza
Region: Mikuba Hill
Variety: Red Bourbon
Process: Honey Processed
Altitude: 1,850 – 2,100 masl

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Description

Ben and Kristi Carlson are Americans who moved to Burundi with a dream to facilitate meaningful and direct relationships between coffee roasters and coffee farmers by producing great coffee and telling the stories of the people who grew it. The Long Miles Coffee Project is the fruit of their dreams and an important part of building a strong coffee sector in one of the poorest countries in the world. As part of the project, the Carlsons built a mill in the community of Bukeye and Kayanza where they purchase coffee cherries from the surrounding three hills, including Mikuba.

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A trip to Mikuba is something to look forward to. The hill is covered in bright blue and yellow flowers that line the narrow dirt walking paths. Forests of acacia trees also cover the landscape. Patches of tomatoes, sweet potato, cabbage, cassava and peas lined by the tall stalks of wheat and maize wrap the hill in every imaginable shade of gold and green. Canopies of banana trees are planted alongside coffee, creating a cooler environment for the coffee to grow in.

Like many other hills in Burundi, Mikuba was a battlefield during the reoccurring cycles of war and violence. Sadly, this is how the hill became known as Mikuba, meaning “disaster” in the local language of Kirundi. When you ask farmers how they feel about living on a hill named disaster, they will tell you that it is a part of their history that cannot be erased. They have not given up hope on the hill they call home. Since the end of the war, farming families have slowly returned to rebuild their homes and land, happy to be back in its soils. The people of Mikuba are determined to develop as a community to that there is hope for future generations on the hill. This particular lot is Honey processed – Pulped, pre-dried for 2 days. 22+ days on raised drying tables under partial shade. 5 dedicated hand sorters and lot care takers.

THE SCOUTS: Coffee scout Astille is working together with Mikuba coffee farmers, helping them to understand the importance of using fertilizer and planting other crops. She has single-handily created two nurseries on Mikuba hill that farmers can collect shade tree seedlings from to plant alongside their coffee.

CHALLENGES: Mikuba grows almost everything its people love to eat but it struggles with the stability of its soils. The steepness of the hill causes the good soil to erode into the valley below during rainy season which makes it difficult for farmers to grow their crops. Astille is teaching farmers to plant green manures to help return nutrients to the hill’s soil.

FUTURE: The people of Mikuba hill dream of better roads to make traveling to school reaching the local hospital and walking to the washing station less of a hardship.

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