Izuba

 

Region: Runinya, Kayanza Province

Country: Burundi

Altitude: 1500 - 1700 MASL

Variety: Red Bourbon

Process: Washed

 

Sourced by Raw Material.

 

Context

Izuba meaning “sun” in Kirundi, is located in Runinya,

Kabarore Commune, of Kayanza Province. The Izuba washing station is set close to a nearby river, providing

a vital and regular freshwater source for coffee

processing. The station is managed by Ntama

Appolinaire, who works alongside Prosper Merrimee,

the operational manager of RM Burundi. Izuba

employs 2 full-time staff and around 250 seasonal

workers, who are all local to the station. Izuba is

situated near to the Kibira national park, where the soil

and climate are paired well for fantastic coffee

production.

 

Kigeri, Ryamukona, and Mugoyi are the three hills

(collines) surrounding Izuba and the three areas in

which coffee is collected or delivered from. Each

volume of cherry sold to Izuba is recorded by producer

and hillside, showing the minute variances in profile

from locations surrounding the washing station. In

2020 we bought coffee from 1482 producers, 1169 of

which were male and 313 female (around 26%). We

processed 453,000kg of cherry, the max capacity of

the station is 800,000kg.

 

Processing

Izuba currently produces washed coffees and is

actively developing both honey and natural processed

lots, which will become larger in volume this year.

Washed coffees are fermented for around 12 hours

and dried for an average of 20 days. Naturals take

around 30 days of drying time.

Potato defect is tackled firstly through very thorough

floating of cherries and then primarily by extensive wet

sorting (this is the hand sorting that takes place under

cover when the coffee has just been pulped and is still

wet- the potato defect beans are most visible at this

point). Two new additional wet sorting sheds were

added in 2020 to further improve this process. Once

the coffee has been fully processed, the remaining

coffee pulp is turned into a natural fertiliser as it

degrades. When ready, it is distributed to local farmers

to add nutrients to their soil.

 

Payment

The station aims to provide premiums where possible

to not only the farmers but the station staff also. The

employees were paid 25% higher than other local

washing stations and 33% more than the national

average salary. Producers are paid government-set

prices for coffee cherries, in 2020 these were:

Cherry A (ripe) 550 BIF/kg

Cherry B (underripe, floaters etc) 275 BIF/KG

Producers are paid for cherry on two set payment

dates in the year, which are also set by the

government. The first is usually in April, very early in

the harvest, and the second at the end of the harvest.

Farmers essentially choose which station they will sell

to that year through the first payment then deliver

there for the whole season. At the end of the season

third payments are made based on the quality and

final sale price of the coffee. Making these three

payments on time is a key concern for producers and

one of Izuba's primary goals in supporting producers.

 

IZUBA 250g

£10.00Price