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Financial Transparency Report: Burundi 2010

We are pleased to announce our financial transparency report for our Burundi origin. This post adds to our ongoing thread on transparency in Burundi and to our long term Whole Crop Project. Last month’s topic was a highly detailed origin map including micro-region zones and GPS-tagged photos of the Bukeye community. If you haven’t already done so, check it out. Here is our Goal: To better understand, together, how our purchases impact those who can stand to benefit the most, and who give us the most: the coffee’s farmers. To get there, though, we must recognize that there is value added up and down coffee’s supply-chain. In fact, at each and every stage the ‘price’ of coffee has a different name....
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At Crop to Cup we promise you a high detail of transparency, and here's our latest effort to do just that. We assume that since reading our previous post "Mapping a Coffee Region" you've been anxiously awaiting results.  You have, right? Well here are the results, and we'd like to pat ourselves on the back for what we think is one of the most detailed presentations of a coffee origin available to the coffee drinking public.  Sure there are  plenty of  agronomists and coffee growing conglomerates out there who have heaps better geographical material, but have they ever made it publicly available online for you? Here is an interactive map, rich with data and photos, of the coffee growing region that...
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Crop to Cup "On the Air" in Burundi Taylor Mork of Crop to Cup, Adrien Sibomana of InterCafe, and U.S Ambassador to Burundi- Pamela Slutz on Burundi National Television   After the success of our Cup to Crop Outreach event in Bukeye, we decided to hold another event in Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi. As a partner of USAID, the Burundi Agribusiness Project (BAP/PAIR), and the International Women in Coffee Alliance (IWCA) Burundi Chapter, C2C is not only invested in the development of the Coffee Sector in Burundi, but the growth of a coffee culture in Burundi. Currently there are very few roasters in Bujumbura, and even fewer that are producing quality roasted beans. Our goal with this event was to share quality NY roasted Burundian beans with those in...
Cup to Crop For the past three weeks Crop to Cup has been working in Burundi to get to know the farmers of the Bukeye region, set up reinvestment projects, supervise the preparation for the harvest (about a week away now), and implement a number of initiatives with our coffee's farmers. Last week we organized a fantastic event, called Cup to Crop. At Crop to Cup we strive to connect consumers with the people who grew and process their coffee. Cup to Crop is our way of connecting farmers to the end product that they grow. The vast majority of farmers in Burundi, and especially those from the Bukeye region, have never tasted the coffee that they grow. Roasted coffee is...
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One of our partners here at the Buhorwa Washing Station is the Burundi Agribusiness Project (BAP).  Projects like this make me actually happy to pay tax on my hard earned income and our monthly payroll to the US government.  You see, BAP is a USAID-funded project.  It is administered by Development Assistance International (DAI) and Michingan State University’s Institute for International Agriculture.  MSU’s Anne Ottoway initially introduced us to BAP and she is awesome.  If you’re at SCAA in Houston this year make sure to find Anne and pick her brain. We first visited Burundi about a year and a half ago, and we were excited to start a partnership with BAP, as their staff seemed to efficiently understand and work...
Burundi Trip Begins...What to Expect Taylor here, recently arrived here in Bujumbura and for about 3 weeks starting tomorrow I'll be up at the Buhorwa Washing Station, whose coffee many of you may have tried through C2C.  Dan (C2C Brooklyn) will be joining me on the 15th. In case any of you would like to follow our trip or are looking to learn more about coffee  processing and sourcing, here's a bit of what you can expect from our trip: - An unscientific report on "trickle down" of current world market prices to the farmer level.  We all know world coffee prices are crazy high right now, but there has been little info out there about what this actually means for smallholder family farmers (several stages...
Crop to Cup Coffee Co is excited to announce Whole Crop, a groundbreaking new coffee project, as we expand our farmer engagement into Burundi.  This has been 2 years in the making, searching out the right farmers and the right partners to be sure that this was something that could actually happen. The project is centered in and around a washing station called Burhorwa, which is located in Muramvya Province, northeast of the capital, Bujumbura.  Both the washing station setup (2nd highest altitude station in the country, and utilizing a siphon density cherry separation system) and the surrounding region are beautiful.  But that's not why we chose to work with Buhorwa.  What makes Buhorwa ideal is the eager determination of the...

The trip to Burundi was a fantastic educational success, and we are excited to be working with farmers there for the next harvest (starting in April '10).

Here are a few photos to show the places we explored and the people we met along the way. Click on each photo for a larger view.

Post questions about our activities in the comments section for this post - we would love to hear from you!

Days 4-5 – Bujumbura, Ngozi and Kayanza, Burundi Let’s start off by saying that Burundi is a coffee buyer’s dream. I’ll explain later, so let me first write a bit about where I am. I arrived in the capital, Bujumbura at about 1am from Entebbe, Uganda, after a 3 hour layover at one of the world’s most uncomfortable airports, Nairobi. Driving to my hotel from the airport, I was struck by the calmness of the city. Sure, it was 1am, but having visited other East African capitals such as Entebbe/Kampala, Kigali and Nairobi, I was surprised by the lack of even late night truckers, your odd pedestrian or two, or a candle burning at a food or cigarette stall. The city...
Uganda Coffee on Foodista
Want to catch a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes, to get coffee from coffee farmers to your kitchens and cafes? Follow Crop to Cup's blog (here) and our twitter account to stay up to date on our trip to Uganda and Burundi this month. Taylor will first travel to Burundi, then the Crop to Cup team (Taylor and Alexis of C2C NY and Jake and Neil of C2C Chicago) will convene in Uganda. In Burundi we are building relationships with new groups of farmers by seeking out high altitude washing stations, well organized farmers and quality control processes, and working with farmers, local organizations and exporters to make Burundi a new "direct" origin for Crop to Cup, and...