Orange marmalade, blackberry and cranberry. Tangy and sweet. Ideally suited to filter brewing.
Izuba means “sun” in Kirundi, the dialect of the local Kabarore Commune in the well known coffee growing Kayanza Province.
As of December 2019, our import partner Raw Material has had a production and export operation in Burundi, although they had been purchasing coffee from various producer groups since 2015.
Izuba Coffee Washing Station was their first station and is situated in the Kabarore Commune, in northern Burundi. In 2019 they operated the station under a lease agreement and processed a total of 89,000 kilos of cherry purchased from 784 families, around 150 x 60 kilo bags. Producing primarily fully washed coffee, small batch processing experiments proved successful with high quality cup profiles of both honey and natural process that will be carried out in larger volumes this 2020 crop.
The Izuba-RM team is made up of some very talented individuals, with in-country manager Gaudam Anbalagan (Gadz), who is one of the brothers and owners of the Muraho Trading Company, Rwanda. Izuba Coffee’s Managing Director is Prosper Bigirindavyi. Prosper has worked in the Burundian coffee industry for 19 years and adds a wealth of knowledge and experience, with his most recent position having managed and overseen over 19 washing stations throughout the country. Propser is supported by Country Administrator, Deo Kete.
The Izuba washing station is located close to a nearby river, providing a vital and regular fresh water source for coffee processing. It currently produces washed coffees, but is actively developing both honey and natural processed lots. The station aims to provide premiums where possible to not only the farmers, but the station staff also.
The farmers last season were paid 4% higher than the market rate, and the employees were paid 25% higher than local stations; 33% more than the national average. Once the coffee has been fully processed, the remaining coffee pulp is turned into compost and is distributed as a natural fertilizer to the families for their coffee and other crops. Coffee is the primary source of income for the families delivering cherry to Izuba and the average size of land varies from 50 sqm up to .25-.5 ha.
A little about Red Bourbon
A more productive variety than its parent Typica, the Bourbon variety is part of the reason Brazil became one of the world's coffee super-producers in the 1860s, when it was introduced to make up for the supply loss caused by a leaf-rust outbreak in Java. Slightly sweeter with a sort of caramel quality, Bourbon coffees also have a nice, crisp acidity, but can present different flavours depending on where they're planted. El Salvador Bourbons are all butter, toffee, and fresh pastry; Rwandan types tend to have a punchier fruit quality. Bourbon itself has gone through multiple mutations and variations since its spread: Subvarieties include plants whose cherry ripens to red, yellow, or orange; a dwarf mutation called Caturra; and an El Salvadorian type called Pacas, among many others.