Tasting Notes: lemons, caramel
Altitude: 1650 to 1700
In 2012, Angele and Consolata, two friends (and experienced business women) decided to go into the coffee business together, forming Kahawa Link Company (Kalico, for short). 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.
The washing stations are in the Kirundo and Muyinga Provinces in NE Burundi, each serving 1,000-3,000 small scale farmers who grow primarily the bourbon varietal. To improve the quality of the coffee produced, Angele and Consolata knew they 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 they are 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. [Atlas]