The revival of coffee and its people
Burundi country in growth of green coffee cultivation
What you should know about Burundi as a coffee origin
- It is one of the five coffee origins that make up the Great Lakes coffee geography
- It has 4 coffee growing regions, each with its own differentiated cup profile.
- 98% of its production is Arabica and 2% is Robusta.
- 5.18% of the cultivated land, 15,389 hectares, is planted with coffee trees.
- The most widely cultivated Arabica varietal is red Bourbon.
- Its production is smallholder with millions of families devoted to and dependent on its cultivation.
- At Mare Terra Coffee we import and distribute the Terras range of coffee produced in Burundi.
- It is the thirty-ninth largest coffee producer in the world.
- Coffee cultivation began in its territory at the beginning of the twentieth century.
- Harvests coffee from March to August and exports coffee from October to December.
- The traditional and most deeply rooted method for processing coffee is the so-called double washing method.
- Most coffee plantations in Burundi are cultivated between 1,250 and 2,000 meters above sea level.
- The standard size of green coffee bags in the country is 60 kilos, in Mare Terra Coffee we pack it, depending on the quality, in 30 kg and 5 kg.
- The five main importing countries of Burundian coffee are: Belgium, , Holland, Japan, USA and Australia.
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Thousand Hectares with Coffee Trees
Environmental conditions help coffee fruit development in Burundi
Coffee cultivation in Burundi
Burundi is located in the Rift Valley with a mountainous topography, its main geographic feature is the ridge of the Nilo-Congo Basin that serves as a divide with Rwanda. Nile water is one of the favoring factors in the cherry process.
Burundi surrounds the Ruvubu National Park, the country’s largest ecosystem with more than 50,000 ha of exotic fauna and flora.
The soils where coffee is grown in Burundi are volcanic soils rich in nutrients such as nitrogen that favor the absorption and maintenance of water.
Burundi is a country with an equatorial climate, its temperatures are governed by the altitude of the area. In most of the territory the annual temperature is 21º C while in the highlands it is between 12º – 18º C. Rainfall reaches 1200 mm per year. These components are reflected in the coffee crops that benefit from both rainfall and warm temperatures.
The coffee economy has been relevant since the beginning of the twentieth century, helping to stabilize the country's economy.
Burundi faces the economic future by increasing the production of specialty coffees and improving its productivity.
- Coffee accounts for 65% of Burundi’s total exports
- Coffee’s contribution to Burundi’s agricultural GDP is 6%.
- The average farm size per producer is less than 1 hectare.
- The equity rate in coffee production in Burundi is 4.7 to 5.3 (70% men and 30% women).
- The average age of coffee growers is between 50 and 60 years
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Burundi, the resurgence of coffee and its people
Burundi’s coffee is produced thanks to the work of small farmers who value coffee and is reflected in their improved agricultural practices.
Burundi is made up of ethnic groups with different spiritual beliefs, a country that welcomes all people who want to discover its landscapes and its musical heritage of which they are very proud. A rural society in search of open frontiers.
The variety of landscapes that Burundi offers is infinite, a territory with protected landscapes: extensive savannahs, national parks with lakes and rainforests and nature reserves with aquatic landscapes. Exceptional set and reflected in your coffee.
The Burundi coffee cup brings us particular flavors, with a good quality. It is distinguished by a full body with notes of citrus fruits.