Burundi Long Miles Microlot - Mutana Hill Lot 1544 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: At its best, Mutana is saturated with fresh red berries. It has the rich sweetness of taffy and stewed fruit balanced with the light acidity of sour beer and lemon meringue pie. Upon finish, it will leave a lingering silky feel in the mouth.

Mutana's hills seem to roll into infinity. The hills are covered in a never ending tapestry of green and possess the most breathtaking panoramic views. The edge of the Kibira forest looms only a couple of kilometres away which allows mist to fall from the forest and tumble onto farmers' fields daily. With its mix of silty and sandy soils, Mutana can grow everything its people like to eat. What, cassava, potato, onions, peas, beans, sweet potato, passion fruit and tea are grown alongside coffee to sustain Mutana's farming families throughout the year.

Tucked far away in the heart of the hill, hidden well beyond eye's reach, is a waterfall. In order to reach it you'd have to scramble down a steep hill covered in eucalyptus trees, cross over a small river, pass through a tea plantation and follow a narrow dirt track - but we can guarantee the experience would be worth it.

Right at the tip of Mutana hill lays the burial site of great Kings. It is protected by a forest of aged trees and tangled vines that remains untouched. As a sign of respect for the past Kings and also out of fear for what lies within, no one travels through the graveyard.

This was once a hill revered for its invincibility. Many people who fled from their homes in other regions would take refuge in the rolling greens of Mutana because they knew they would be protected here. Sadly, the hill was not left untouched by the most recent war. Many families left, abandoning their farms and the place they once called home.

CHALLENGES: Life is hard on Mutana hill for those that did return. Most farmers cannot afford to buy fertilizer for their fields. Climate change is a growing problem. The hot East African sun scorches crops and the delayed rainy season sometimes means people go hunger.

THE SCOUTS: Coffee scout Oswald works closely with the farming families on Mutana. If you ask him about his vision for the hill, he will tell you that he wants to boost the number of farms so that people can produce more coffee and develop as a community. He is teaching farmers to prune their coffee trees and encouraging them to plant new ones. With his help, farmers are pioneering the way for organic fertilizer by mixing dried grass and sawdust together with manure from their livestock.

THE FUTURE: IN the future the farmers on Mutana hill hope to have access to enough fertilizer to increase their coffee yields. They are also planning to receive more coffee seedlings to rejuvenate their plantations.

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Lot # Descriptive Cup Notes Warehouse ETA Bag Weight Destination Warehouse Arrival
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PC13079 Clean. Sweet. Melon. Balanced. Berry. Stone Fruit. Melbourne VIC Spot 60 kg Log In 6 https://www.ftaspecialtycoffee.com.au/burundi-long-miles-microlot-mutana-hill-lot-1544-natural-process.html


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