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Burundi Gitwe Washed: March Coffee of the Month


Long Miles Coffee Project is back for year 7, and Gitwe Washed is our March Coffee of the Month!

It kinda makes us feel old to say it, but this is the seventh year in a row that Huckleberry has roasted coffees from the Long Miles Coffee Project in Burundi. We’ve been with Long Miles since their first harvest in 2013, and look forward to these coffees every winter.  

This year was a particularly challenging harvest, both for Long Miles and the entire country of Burundi. Across Burundi, due to extreme rain and a myriad of other factors, coffee production was down to just 22% of a normal, good harvest. In a poor country like Burundi, losing that much of their main cash crop is crippling. We’re happy to continue supporting the farmers of Long Miles, and this year more than ever, feel lucky to have a bit of this delicious coffee in the Huck lineup.

The Long Miles Coffee Project was founded by Ben and Kristy Carlson, an American couple living in Burundi.  Upon seeing the difficulties Muramvya farmers faced while Ben was working as a coffee trader, the Carlsons built two washing stations in the region, and have 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, Long Miles is able to ensure that the coffee is of the highest quality possible.  By working with Huckleberry and other roasters who commit to coffees before they've shipped from Burundi, the Long Miles Coffee Project is able to pay the farmers a higher price for their coffee than they would receive on the open market and from other washing stations.

Gitwe is a specific hill near Long Miles' Heza washing station, and this coffee comes exclusively from the Long Miles farmers living on that hill.  This year, quantities were limited, and we weren’t able to taste or offer the same variety of coffee that we’re used to from Long Miles. Still, the coffees we tasted from Gitwe were delicious, and we were excited to pick one washed and one natural from the growers on that hill. This washed coffee pops with the apricot, and candied citrus we’ve come to love from Gitwe, balanced with buttery shortbread-like sweetness. It’s sweet, it’s complex, and we think it’s hella delicious.

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