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Burundi Colline Ninga

Huckleberry Roasters

This is our fourth year working with the Long Miles Coffee Project in the Muramvya province of Burundi, and we couldn’t be happier to roast Colline Ninga three years running .

Burundi has produced coffee for quite some time, but the country's progression towards producing high quality specialty coffee was interrupted in the 1990s and early 2000s by political unrest and ethnic violence spilling over the border from Rwanda, during and after that country's genocide.  Despite this, and the challenges of being a poor, landlocked country, farmers from Burundi are successfully improving their coffee each and every year, and specialty coffee's higher prices seem to have a major impact on quality of life in the country's coffee growing regions. Moreover, we love the flavors of a great coffee from Burundi.

Colline Ninga is grown by small farmers in Bukeye area of the Muramvya province, and produced by the Long Miles Coffee Project.  Long Miles is a project founded by Ben Carlson, an American living in Burundi.  Ben, upon seeing the difficulties Muramvya farmers faced, built several washing stations in the region, and has worked with area farmers to help them fetch better prices. By working with the farmers to develop stringent quality practices at the farm level, then washing and milling the coffee with meticulous care, ensure that the coffee is of the highest quality possible.  By working with Huckleberry and other roasters in advance of the harvest, the Long Miles Coffee Project is able to pay the farmers a higher price for their coffee than they would receive otherwise

Ninga is a specific hillside community (colline is French for hill), and this coffee comes exclusively from the Long Miles farmers living on that hill.  After tasting samples from different hills, and different periods of the harvest, Ninga stood out again this year, along with our other offerings from Gitwe.

Colline Ninga has pear and apricot flavors, complemented with red currant and citrusy brightness.  It also has a subtle cinnamon-like sweet spiciness, and we like to think of it as a slightly subtler variation of a classic Kenyan flavor profile: bright, slightly savory, and deeply sweet.  It's a wonderful coffee, and we're happy to support the great work of the Long Miles Coffee project in the Bukeye area of Burundi.

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