ACR BURUNDI GAKENKE
Nectarine, oolong, grape.
Kayanza Province is located in the northern part of Burundi close to the Rwandan border. It has the reputation of being one of the best coffee producing regions in Burundi. Our lot comes from the Gakenke washing station which was built in 1991. Farmers -organized into groups of thirty- deliver their coffee cherries to Gakenke station. Each of these groups is headed by a lead farmer, who acts as the spokesperson to facilitate communication and organization with the washing station. In total, the washing station collects cherries from over 2600 farmers spread over 22 neighboring communities. The coffee cherries are pulped and sent through a traditional double "fermentation" method to breakdown the sticky pulp. First the beans are dry fermented generally around 12 hours and then soaked underwater for another 12-16 hours hours before being washed in channels and sent to raised beds for sun-drying. This station sits at an altitude around 5500 feet (1675masl). Gakenke is named after the plants that are found in this region called imikenke. These plants have thin, hollow stems which people use as straws to drink the locally made banana beer. Historically it was forbidden for anyone but the King to drink beer directly from the bottle. Non-royalty would pour beer into a communal pot and sit in a circle together to drink it with their imikenke straws.
THIS SMALL-BATCH COFFEE MAY REQUIRE LONGER DELIVERY TIME WHEN ORDERED ONLINE.