One of a kind.
Burundi is divided by a narrow line of tall mountains that separate the Nile and Congo River basins. Along this range 800,000 coffee farmers produce a coffee like no other in the world. Burundi a small country - the size of Maryland - and most of these farms are small too – with an average of 200 coffee trees or less. Still over 90% of the country’s GDP is produced by these backyard gardens. Coffee is a vital part of Burundi, and this vitality shines through in the cup in the form of complex, rare and balanced flavor. This is when Burundi is at its best. However, trees on many farms are weak, thus producing crop cycles (and cups) that can be wildly erratic. Landlocked and lacking infrastructure has been the least of concerns in Burundi, where civil war formally ended in 2003, leaving it one of the five poorest countries in the world
Yet from this mottled milieu some coffees still emerge as extraordinary. The story of Burundi is how a hundred struggles come together to produce this singular cup of coffee: each effort is as remarkable as the coffee that makes it all worth the while, and meeting the people who can make it happen year over year is worth the time it takes to get there.