Region: Buyenzi, Kayanza Province
Altitude: 1650 - 1800 MASL
Variety: Red Bourbon
Sourced by Raw Materials.
One of the fantastic partners we work with in Burundi is Zuberi Matsitsi, owner of Matraco
Coffee. One of his stations, Businde, is located in the northern province of Kayanza, close to the Rwandan border.
This is a station with a wide reach to local coffee farmers, processing the cherry of up to 650 local farming families. As a washing station, it is important to consider the payment of workers who process the cherry as well as the price received by those who cultivated them.
Businde’s producers received a premium that was 20% above the local market rate this season, by working with the station.
As a station, Businde pays its staff almost 60% above the rate for casual labour in Burundi. To assist with the dispersing of coffee pulp, Matraco distributes this compost as fertiliser to help the farmers nearby. Alongside this, they assist with the yields of local farmers by donating seedlings to their farms. Higher profits accompanied by the potential of more cherry to sell. We are excited to share these coffees with you for their profile as much for the benefits they provide those who produced them.
In Burundi, we work to secure higher profits for both coffee producers and employees of
station staff alike.
As of December 2019, Raw Material has stablished a production and exportation branch
in Burundi, through the construction of a washing station and export company. The construction of a centralised washing station (not seen in all coffee producing countries) can serve also as a nucleus within a community. This localised position in a community can benefit producers by distributing needed agricultural products, as well as through ways to support the local community through funds, staff, and construction where needed.
RM Burundi works to create wide-reaching community benefits through and beyond the production and sale of coffee.