This coffee was sourced high in the mountains of Burundi and processed in the Migoti washing station in Mutambu Commune, Bujumbura Rurale Province - high above Lake Tanganyika. The washing station serves a community of 48,359 people including 3,698 coffee farmers, who all grow the red bourbon cultivar which is the predominant coffee tree in the Burundi Highlands.
MEET THE FARMER
Miriam and her husband Philip are second generation coffee farmers on Rugembe Hill. They farm over 1,000 coffee trees with their 8 children and harvested nearly 4,500 pounds of cherries last season.
They live above the clouds in an area previously controlled by militants during the Burundian Civil War from 1993-2005. Continued investment in quality farming practices will allow their family and those around them to thrive.
MIGOTI COFFEE COMPANY
Migoti Coffee Company sources some of the best coffee in Burundi, working with partner washing stations to purchase cherries directly from the farmers. The company is a vision of Dan Brose, conceived in 2015 during long car trips with Pontien Ntunzwenimana, a local engineer. The name 'Migoti' comes from a local indigenous tree, which is also the name of the mountain where Pontien built his first washing station. Dan and Pontien, both born in Burundi, desire to see coffee-producing communities economically transformed, with coffee as the catalyst for growth. Their vision is to connect local Burundian coffee farmers through quality coffee processing, with buyers and roasters across the world.
Prior to 2015, the multi-generational coffee farmers in Pontien's home community had all but abandoned coffee as a source of income due to the Civil War when their Arabica coffee trees were neglected and destroyed. Another challenge was the great distance between their small farms and washing stations, which led many farmers to process lower quality coffee on their farms. With peace in the country and a state-of-the-art coffee washing station that Pontien built in 2016, the local community has new-found hope for the future and farmers are excited to invest in their coffee farms. Pontien's first full year of green coffee production in 2016 proved the local coffee to be some of the best in Burundi, and Pontien continues to work with local farmers to improve quality and quantity in order to build a brighter future for their families and the next generation.