We are proud to once again offer an amazing coffee from longmiles coffee burundi …We Welcome back Longmiles coffee project from Burundi, we have been purchasing this coffee every year since 2014 and look forward every year to share this coffee with you.
Gitwe Hill means “Place of Skulls”
COFFEE PROFILE: The scent of warming spice followed by flavors of chocolate, raspberry, cream soda and black forest cake. Complimented by a creamy body and a finish of raw honey and raspberry cream.
STORY: Gitwe Hill is situated in the Kayanza province which is known for its coffee and tea productions. The coffee is sourced from 641 farming families and to know the people of Gitwe hill is to experience strength personified. The chief of Gitwe hill may be small in stature but like the people he leads, his spirit makes him a giant. Gitwe hill is the closest hill to Long Mile’s Heza washing station. LM has been working together with the local community. When Heza needed more water to operate, they asked Gitwe’s leaders for help. Their solution was to build a well for the community that could also provide fresh spring water for Heza.
AGRONOMY: With panoramic views of the Kirbira forest and the mounts of the Congo, Gitwe hill has no shortage of beauty. Rich soil provides a home to many different crops, including coffee. The value that Gitwe hill places on growing coffee can be plainly seen in the care they have taken to mulch and prune their coffee trees.
FUTURE: For 21 years the people of Gitwe found small ways to survive as war echoed around them. Since the war ended in 1994 the people of Gitwe have worked towards one thing – Unity. Many of their animals and crops were poached during the war, so now their hope is to work together to rejuvenate their hill. They hope to see it plentiful in livestock and covered in new coffee trees
HISTORY OF BURUNDI
Coffee production has been something of a roller coaster in Burundi, with wild ups and downs: During the country’s time as a Belgian colony, coffee was a cash crop, with exports mainly going back to Europe or to feed the demand for coffee by Europeans in other colonies. Under Belgian rule, Burundian farmers were forced to grow a certain number of coffee trees each—of course receiving very little money or recognition for the work. Once the country gained its independence in the 1960s, the coffee sector (among others) was privatized, stripping control from the government except when necessary for research or price stabilization and intervention. Coffee farming had left a bad taste, however, and fell out of favor; quality declined, and coffee plants were torn up or abandoned.
After the civil war–torn 1990s and the nearly total devastation of the country’s economy, coffee slowly emerged as a possible means to recover the agrarian sector and increase foreign exchange. In the first decade of the 2000s, inspired in large part by neighboring Rwanda’s success rebuilding through coffee, Burundi’s coffee industry saw an increase in investment, and a somewhat healthy balance of both privately and state-run coffee companies and facilities has created more opportunity and stability, and has helped Burundi establish itself as an emerging African coffee-growing country, despite its small size and tumultuous history.
Like Rwanda and, to a lesser extent, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi battles the infamous “potato defect,” a microorganism that contributes a raw-potato-like flavor and aroma to infected beans, and which can’t be detected by sight in parchment, green, or roasted coffee. Research efforts to eradicate the defect completely have shown promise, and we look forward to the day when the potato is a distant memory.