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Cupping prep for Cup of Excellence

The Burundi Cup of Excellence is just around the corner and we’ve been busy with a long and arduous selection process to select our final lots for submission. With the competition a month away, we’re starting to feel the excitement for Greenco’s 3rd time being involved (it would also be great to take home a third straight victory!). A few members at Greenco as well as a guest cupper spent 2 days cupping several lots from all our coffee washing stations to narrow them down to a final four from each station that they thought were worthy submissions for the event. We look forward to seeing how the coffees from all producers do this year and hope the competition brings even more light to the quality and uniqueness of Burundi’s coffee.

Honey and Natural

Now that season really has reached its finishing stages, the tables have made way for the drying of our natural and honey processed coffees across all stations. We do these lots in the final stages of harvesting as we require as much sun as possible for drying these coffees and wait for the rains to subside, so we may utilize the sunny days as best as we can. The drying of these coffees also requires much more table space as the coffees aren’t collected in masses in the same way as fully washed. The naturals are spread out so that they’re barely touching and it’s the same with the honey. This helps us to keep any additional fermentation at a controlled level and ensures a swift and desired drying time.

The final cherries

This time of year, at Greenco and in most parts of Burundi, means we really are coming to the end of harvest. We shall still be drying for a few weeks with the honeys and naturals, but we are beginning the milling phase of our season as the stations send the stored coffee off to Gitega for milling and exporting as we send the coffee all over the world so people may get a taste of the what all the hard work of Burundi’s farmers and station workers has produced.

First payments for farmers

Rubagabaga washing station was the starting point for first payment for the farmers in the 2018 coffee season. A long but celebratory day at the station saw the farmers receive payment for cherries sold until the 22nd May and will be the first payment before they’re paid again after season is done and when they receive their bonuses come year end.

Some words from Max

The middle of the year is always an exciting and interesting time for Greenco as the season may be ending in terms of harvest, but we are now moving into samples, milling and soon, exporting. It will be exciting to see the challenging work of the farmers and all involved at Greenco pay off as we see our coffee make its way around the world, first with the samples and eventually when it’s being exported. We look forward to hearing what you think of the 2018 coffees!

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