Migoti Lot 19

  • Tasting Notes Black cherry, raisins and milk chocolate
  • Location Bujumbura, Burundi
  • Elevation 1750 M
  • Details Natural red bourbon

The return of one of our favourite Africans from last year, the Migoti Natural. Super juicy and sweet with a little tang and a creamy finish. Absolutely delicious.

Migoti Coffee was founded by Pontien Ntunzwenimana and Dan Brose, two Burundi born engineers who wanted to make a difference in the community where Pontien was born and raised. Together they have built two established washing stations nestled amongst the mountains of the Bujumbura Rural Province. These washing stations help to support approx 1,236 smallholder farmers in the region who bring their coffee cherries to be processed by Migoti.

Beyond operations, Migoti has taken the step to introduce a micro-financing program for its farmers, an initiative that allows them to access modest loans for essentials such as household fixtures or farming tools they work with.

In 2016 Migoti Coffee Company built a coffee washing station at Migoti Mountain, partnering with industry experts who provided technical expertise. Coffee trees are owned by the community, and Migoti purchases the coffee cherries directly from the farmers who harvest and deliver the cherries. Over 300 tons of green coffee was produced and exported from Migoti Mountain in the 2017, 2018 and 2019 coffee seasons. These harvests have received excellent cupping scores, frequently placing it as some of the best speciality coffee coming from Burundi.

The washing station is operated by a local team of ten permanent staff and over 250 temporary workers who are employed during the coffee season from March to June.

The station manager, Zephyrin Banzubaze, is responsible for managing all of the staff to train coffee farmers, receive and select coffee cherries, process the coffee, oversee the coffee drying process, store and mill the dry parchment coffee and prepare the final green coffee for export. The majority of the temporary staff are women, who work mainly on the raised drying tables, regularly turning the coffee as it dries and removing defective beans that compromise the coffee quality. Migoti also assists farmers through ongoing education to prune and properly care for coffee trees, intercrop, plant shade trees, utilise green fertilisers to stabilise soil and natural pest control. The expectation is that by following best farming practices the farmers can increase the yields from their coffee trees by five to ten fold.


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