Buziraguhindwa returns! Coffees from Salum Ramadhan's famous washing stations are buttery, velvety, with a refined sugar-cane sweetness.
Altitude: 1700-1800 MASL
Out of the four washing stations owned by the producer Salum Ramadhan Buziraguhindwa was the first one. He’s extremely detail oriented, spends a lot of time to train local staff and have a great loyal work force. He’s also having a transport business and are through that managing the domestic coffee logistics well for us. This means that we are always getting our coffees out quickly while they are still fresh.
Buzuraguhindwa is a communal station in the high altitudes in Kayanza province, Muruta commune. He’s mainly producing fully washed, but has the past years also experimented and are producing good amounts of naturals, and now also honey's. The site managers name is Alan Kelly. The size is fairly good, they produce about 4 - 5 containers of specialty. They have 220 drying tables, shade drying facilities, a great storage space etc. They also have a good water source and a water treatment system.
The coffees are basically all selected daily lots, named by the local area or Collin (hill) where the cherries are purchased. Farms in Burundi is small, often below one hectar each with some hundred trees. This means that a daily lot of e.g. 25 bags of greens can consist of coffee from some hundred growers.
He is systematically separating the coffees based on where they are grown, and by the date of processing. Post harvest we are cupping through some hundred samples to select the ones we find outstanding. They generally collect cherries from a range of areas with different altitudes, growing conditions etc, and the flavor range is pretty wide spread according to that. The coffees named Buziraguhindwa is coffees from the surroundings of the washing station. Coffees with names like Nkonge and Muruta are coffees grown in other areas, but still processed at Buziraguhindwa.
He’s also investing in social and environmental projects such as education in the local areas, ponds for waste water etc.