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BURUNDI – THE RHYTHM OF COFFEE

Burundi is a country dominated by hills and mountains, with considerable altitude variation. It is also known as the country of a thousand and one hills. The lowest point in the country is 772 m at Lake Tanganyika, while the highest soars to 2,670 m above sea level at the tip of Mount Heha.
Despite its size, Burundi is densely populated with a total population of around 6.5 million people (an average of around 180 people per square kilometer).
Burundi’s economy is predominantly agricultural, with 86% of the workforce employed in the sector. Coffee, the main commercial crop, accounts for two thirds of export income. Other cash crops include tea, cotton, tobacco and palm oil. A large percentage of the population relies on subsistence crops like cassava, bananas, sweet potatoes, maize and sorghum.
Burundi has a rich musical heritage, particularly in the area of percussion. Drummers from Burundi are world famous, and the country’s specialty coffee export is called “Ngoma mild”.
Type of coffee: Arabica
Volume (2011 in 000′ bags): 217
Brand names: Country wide
Marketing system: Auction and direct sale
Processing: Wet processing
Harvest season: February – June
Port of shipment: Dar-es-Salaam
Export destinations: Belgium, Germany, Holland, Japan, USA, Australia, South Korea

Have you ever cupped « Café du Burundi »?
These are the characteristics found:

Full bodied, balanced, bright acidity and sweet flavor. Burundi coffee has an interesting ‘wild’ note often associated with Eastern African coffees.

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