Burundi Long Miles Microlot - Ninga Hill Lot 1 Washed Process

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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 from Ninga is elegant and complex; delicate and structured. Hibiscus, cotton candy and green apply flavors fill the cup and are balanced with a light acidity. Upon finish, Ninga leaves a crisp, effervescent fell in your mouth.

Two rivers and a province border lie between Bukeye washing station and the hills of Ninga. The community is far beyond the reach of electricity. Even the glass bottles of coca cola that usually find their way into tiny roadside shops are difficult to find on Ninga. Coffee trees occupy any space they can on this hill - from the edge of the single track dirt paths that weave through the hills to the doorsteps of farmers' self-made mud brick houses.

With every violent conflict that has broken out in Burundi, Ninga farmers have scattered into the surrounding hills and forest areas with no established place of refuge to run to. During these times the coffee trees have gone into hibernation mode, waiting for their owners to return. Many decades later, farmers return home and try to combat the effects that years of neglect have had on their land. Yet, Ninga hill produces elegant and complex coffees, with flavors that are layered and not at all muddled.

CHALLENGES: Some farmers have to travel as far as 22 km along steep, narrow dirt paths to reach Bukeye. During Burundi's rainy season, these roads become hard to navigate, making this distance feel even further. This year Ninga faced great adversity. Farmers were beaten en-route to delivery their cherries and hand-written threat notes were sent to Long Miles. It's almost as if Ninga echoes life and redemption because the hill produces some of the most beautiful coffee despite the challenges it faces.

THE SCOUTS: Chantal and Salvator are the two coffee scouts that work alongside Ninga farmers every day. Because farmers already grow beautiful coffee, the two scouts focus mainly on teaching selective cherry picking and sorting. To make the coffee even better, they are also teaching farmers to plant green manures and shade trees in their farms to reduce the acidity of the soils and create a cooler, more stable environment for the coffee to grow in.

Future: Farmers on Ninga dream that Long Miles will build another washing station closer to the hill they call home.

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Lot # Descriptive Cup Notes Warehouse ETA Bag Weight Destination Warehouse Arrival
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PC13080 Clean. Bright. Juicy. Balanced. Citric Acid. Grapefruit. Melbourne VIC Spot 60 kg Log In 11 https://www.ftaspecialtycoffee.com.au/burundi-long-miles-microlot-ninga-hill-lot-1-washed-process.html


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