Burundi Long Miles Microlot - Mikuba Hill Lot 32 Natural Process

About the Bean

Long Miles Coffee Project: "We are a small American family living in Burundi, which is smack dab in the heart of east Africa. We are passionate about producing amazing coffee and caring for the well-being of the coffee farmers who grow it. We weren't always coffee producers. First, we were a family with a dream. Our dream was that one day we could facilitate direct and meaningful relationships between coffee roasters and coffee growers by producing great coffee and telling a great story of the farmers who grow it. If we could do that, then the local farming community would thrive and the world would gain the gift of great Burundi coffee." Please visit LMCP website to continue reading http://www.longmilescoffeeproject.com/history-harvests/

FTA Coffee is proud to work with the Long Miles Coffee Project in Burundi. Each year during harvest FTA receives 30-40 samples of different lots ranging in size from 5-50 bags. Cuppings are held around Australia to connect roasters with these amazing coffees. In previous years only coffee that had a firm commitment was brought into Australia, but this year there were a few on the table that we could not pass on. Please contact your trader if you would like to receive alerts for the next harvest 2018.

COFFEE PROFILE: Coffee from Mikuba is a weekend experience - something to look forward to. Bright fruit, raisins and dried prune flavors fill the cup. It has a candied sweetness combined with the light acidity of a lemon drop. Upon finish, it ahs a silky and lingering creamy mouth feel.

A trip to Mikuba is something to look forward to. The hill is covered in bright blue and yellow flowers that line the narrow dirt walking paths. Forests of acacia trees also cover the landscape. Patches of tomatoes, sweet potato, cabbage, cassava and peas lined by the tall stalks of wheat and maize wrap the hill in every imaginable shade of gold and green. Canopies of banana trees are planted alongside coffee, creating a cooler environment for the coffee to grow in.

Like many other hills in Burundi, Mikuba was a battlefield during the reoccurring cycles of ware and violence. Sadly, this is how the hill became known as Mikuba, meaning "disaster" in the local language of Kirundi. When you ask farmers how they feel about living on the a hill named disaster, they will tell you that it is a part of their history that cannot be erased. They have not given up hope on the hill they call home. Since the end of the ware. farming families have slowly returned to rebuild their homes and land, happy to be back in the its soils. The people of Mikuba are determined to develop as a community to that there is hope for future generations on the hill.

THE SCOUTS: Coffee scout Astille is working together with Mikuba coffee farmers, helping them to understand the importance of using fertilizer and planting other crops. She has single-handily created two nurseries on Mikuba hill that farmers can collect shade tree seedlings from to plant alongside their coffee.

CHALLENGES: Mikuba grows almost everything its people love to eat but it struggles with the stability of its soils. The steepness of the hill causes the good soil to erode into the valley below during rainy season which makes it difficult for farmers to grow their crops. Astille is a teaching farmers to plant green manures to help return nutrients to the hill's soil.

FUTURE: The people of Mikuba hill dream of better roads to make traveling to school reaching the local hospital and walking to the washing station less of a hardship.

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Lot # Descriptive Cup Notes Warehouse ETA Bag Weight Destination Warehouse Arrival
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PC13077 Juicy. Sweet. Strawberry. Stone Fruit. Melbourne VIC Spot 60 kg Log In 3 https://www.ftaspecialtycoffee.com.au/burundi-long-miles-microlot-mikuba-hill-lot-58-natural-process.html


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