Burundi • Kalico Murago
small scale farms • Kirundo, Muyinga
notes / cherry, raisin, lemon candy, black currant
profile / lively acidity, sweet, medium body
region / stations in Kirundo and Muyinga
altitude / 1650-1700 masl
varietals / bourbon
producer / 1,000 to 3,000 small scale farmers
owner / Angele Ciza, private company, women owned
processing / fully washed
drying method / raised African beds
importer / Atlas Coffee Importers
In 2012, Angele and Consolata, two friends (and experienced business women) decided to go into the coffee business together. They purchased seven washing stations that had been part of the old government-run Sogestal program, with the idea of working in close partnership with growers so they could process and export Burundi’s best coffees. A few years ago Angele and Consolate parted ways, and Angele took over running Kalico. The pride and satisfaction Angele and Alex, her son, take in the company comes through in the excitement they have for forging friendships with their buyers.
The washing stations are in the Kirundo and Muyinga Provinces in North-Eastern Burundi, each serving 1,000-3,000 small scale farmers who grow primarily the bourbon varietal. They wet ferment the coffee for 12-18 hours, then do a 1-hour soak, the wash and pre-dry and sort before drying the coffee on raised beds. To improve the quality of the coffee produced, Angele knew she needed to start with the education of the producers, so they began with outreach to ensure best practices from nurseries to picking. As the quality and value of the coffee increases she is investing in additional training, environmental protection, inputs, micro-credit, micro-insurance, and social infrastructures in partnership with the producer organizations that deliver to their washing stations.
This coffee displays guava, brown sugar, berry, black licorice flavor with grape, banana and nut aftertaste in the cup with round acidity and a syrupy body.
Orders placed by 6pm Monday are roasted and shipped Tuesday/Wednesday.
Any orders received after 6pm Mondays may not be processed until the following week.