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Newsletter March 2018
 
 
Washing Station Payments
Throughout Feb, we made the trips out to our washing stations to pay the farmers their bonuses for the 2017 coffee season. The various communities were always out in full force and were all smiles at the visits where words were shared by community leaders on how Greenco and the farming community can both benefit from the 2018 coffee season. These visits also help us understand the price that needs to be set for the upcoming coffee season so we can ensure we pay the farmers fairly and help meet the needs and development of their families and communities.
Cupping for quality
Our quality manager, Domitien’, hosts weekly cupping sessions with the managers of our various washing stations during the season. This ensures that we meet the quality we expect and strive for in the beans produced from the various processes used at the stations. By engaging the managers, we can ensure that each station is working to achieve the highest quality and all have an understanding for what Greenco is striving for in the upcoming coffee season. Through this practice, partners from all over the globe are ensured the highest quality beans and Burundi’s reputation for world class coffee will only grow. We also get to prep for the always anticipated Cup of Excellence taking place later this year (we’ll touch on that more in our next newsletter) and we want to finish as well as we did in 2017!
The season approaches
It’s exciting to drive around the country and see all the green cherries on the branches of the countless coffee trees scattered across Burundi. It reminds us that coffee season is well and truly upon us and we expect to begin harvest in the second half of March (around the corner!) The rains thus far have been fantastic and this has been evident in the cherries. They've been bigger, more vibrant and more abundant which means the farmers and their communities can truly thrive in this year’s season. 
Metajua
In 2016 we ran a trial of the Ugandan developed data collection and analysis platform, Metajua. Since then, we have successfully adopted the system into company operations. It was designed for agricultural businesses and processes live and remarkably accurate data for activities such as purchases, storage and transport which has proved hugely beneficial and efficient for Greenco and companies like us. We’re able to monitor live activity such as which farmer is selling cherries and trace everything happening at the coffee stations as accurately as possible. We’re able to process all cherry purchases and payments from updated lists of all farmers which also enables us to, for example, calculate their bonuses. It also allows our clients to know everything regarding their beans from farmer information, date of purchase, station and process. This system is really innovative for a nation such as Burundi and it’s also really exciting to be supporting African entrepreneurship and development which is of utmost importance for the progression of these countries, so crisp high-fives all around!
Some words from Maxime
It’s been a long time since you’ve heard from us and we hope 2018 has started well wherever you are on the globe. We were busy preparing your orders and getting everything ready for the season ahead. Once again thank you all for your trust, we could not be doing what we are without you! It’s a pleasure and a delightful thrill to be so close to the opening of next harvest! We will continue sending you updates as we enter the upcoming harvest season! Do not hesitate to be in touch with us at any time! You are also welcome to visit us to explore Burundi’s coffee world!
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