At Savior Coffee Company we believe in doing what is right... we love to support local entrepreneurs, whether they are designers, makers or craftsmen/women.
We believe that one of the key elements that bring about real social transformation is Micro Enterprise business.
We came across Long Miles Coffee through one of our amaze-balls leather customers, quite by accident, (we don’t believe in accidents). And then we found out that the Carlson family were from Durban, (our home city) and that they were doing some amazing work in Burundi & their coffee was outrageously good – so we got hold of some of their coffee through one of our local artisanal coffee roasters… ask for it…
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Direct Trade Coffee Washing Station Info Sheet For Cultivar and Colombo Coffee
This model, even in its infancy, is revolutionizing the farmers life.
Country of Origin: Burundi
LOT #: Buhorwa (Cup of Excellence submission lot)
Name: Buhowra-washing station name based on surrounding community
Cupping Notes: Stonefruit , spice and dark cherries
Closest city: Bukeye Village
Farm/ Producer/ Mill/ Estate: Small holder farming families
Farmer/ Family Name: 500+ families
Number of years farming: All third generation + coffee farmers. Families started coffee farming for the Belgium’s in the 1930’s
Size/Hectares: most farmers average 200-300 trees
# of sacks produced annually: 150kgs cherries per farmer
Varietal(s): Bourbon, with some Bourbon sub-variety of Jackson and Mibirizi
Process Method: Fully Washed
Shade Tree Varieties: minimal due to genocide and civil war. Gravaria the predominant remaining shade tree along with the use of Banana
Wet Mill on Location?: no farmers have private wet mills
If No, Wet Mill Name: Buhorwa
Wet Mill Process, fermentation tanks: Double fermentation. Dry then wet.
Separate varieties during harvest?: No
Dry Mill on location?: no. Gitega. Two hour drive.
Water Source for milling?: stream. pumped to a reservoir
Water recycled?: no
Hand Sorted?: yes
Other crops grown on farm: Potato, manioc, beans, banana, sweet potato, cabbage.
Certifications (Original, DT, CoE, etc.): Direct Trade with LMC Trust Marked
Awards: 2012 Prestige Cup top 10 (COE inaugural year)
Environmental or Social Projects involved: none
Geography Coordinates: __ Latitude: -3°11'21.48" Longitude: 29°40'12.72"
Altitude: 1821 m
Most of the coffee farmers delivering to Buhorwa have little to no other forms of income other then some banana sales. There is no other industry or opportunity in Buhorwa and is generally a “forgotten area” of Burundi. The coffee is all high grown and one of the closest areas to the last of two remaining rain forest in Burundi, Kabira. This proximity to the forest gives a unique micro climate to the coffee and most farmers attribute this to how their coffee is exceptionally good and how they placed in the top 10 of the Prestige Cup.
Most farmers have a minimum of 8 children. The 200-300 coffee trees are all producing less then 1kg per tree and thus putting the families well below the poverty line. The subsistence farming done by these farmers creates just enough to sustain the families. The future for these farmers lays in the ability to improve their yields and produce high quality coffee. LMCP is implementing large scale nurseries to replace old trees and investing heavily into a fertilizer and pest control so as to create sustainable and livable conditions for the farming partners we work with.
Immediate livable income from the sale of the coffee cherries. The farmers are paid fairly, on time and in fact 3-4 months before any other farmers in the country of Burundi. Farmers working with LMC are the only farmers in the country to receive a premium for their coffee. This has caused immediate and immense building of hope and trust. Along with the pay the additional help of agronomists in teaching and developing programs with each small holder enables a self sufficiency and a road map to a future for farmers who have been previously living in abject poverty with no help or hope to better themselves. LMC has made inputs such as fertilizer and pest control attainable, unheard of for most all other farmers in the country. This model, even in its infancy, is revolutionizing the farmers life.