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Burundi Turihamwe IWCA

$ 18.00

This spectacular coffee from an empowering grower cooperative in Burundi is Seth's favorite for 2021.   It has a sweetness from the nose, to the cup, all the way to the finish.  Our customers are snapping this one up quickly.

The wet mill that produced this coffee was built in 2018 entirely with the savings of women farmers who had long wanted a processing site of their own for quality assurance.

The group of farmers behind this coffee, comprised of both women and men, refer to themselves as Turihamwe Turashobora in Kirundi, which translates to "Together We Can!"

This is a delicious, nuanced African coffee, and it should be on your radar, and in your cup.

Aroma:  Peach, Stone Fruit, Sweet
Cup: Full Bodied, Caramel, Chocolate
Finish:  Smooth, Creamy, Nougat Finish

One Pound

About This Coffee

GROWER:  600 women farmers organized around the Turihamwe Turashobora producer group
REGION: Ngozi Province, Burundi
ALTITUDE: 1750 meters
PROCESS: Fully washed and dried on raised beds
VARIETY: Local heirloom cultivars
HARVEST: April - July
SOIL: Volcanic loam

Jeanine Niyonzima-Aroian, the founder of JNP Coffees, is undoubtedly one of the most influential individuals in Burundi coffee today. Raised in the capital city of Bujumbura, Jeanine would go on to earn an MBA from Northwestern University's prestigious Kellogg School.

Jeanine then reconnected with her birth country by founding Burundi Friends International, a not-for-profit funding educational and economic empowerment program for rural Burundians, which is now in its 13th year.

After a few years of marketing Burundi coffees stateside for friends and family, Jeanine realized she had every reason to lead the business, and JNP Coffee was born.

Highly focused on women's empowerment, JNP Coffee, along with a few local women's rights advocates, formulated the International Women's Coffee Alliance's Burundi chapter.

The IWCA value chain has been so impactful over the years that JNP has created additional programs to expand its farmer base and generate premiums. Producer groups of women and men alike, such as this one, can qualify for JNP's new "DushimeTM" program, which delivers the same kind of post-harvest premiums as IWCA has since 2013.

It seems they can't expand fast enough. In Kayanza and Ngozi, the two provinces at the heart of the nation's coffee production, competition for cherry can be fierce, so washing stations may pay well above the country's minimum price to court premium harvests. JNP coffee goes a step further, returning second payments to farmers and investing in education and community-building opportunities.

The wet mill that produced this coffee was built in 2018 entirely with the savings of women farmers who had long wanted a processing site of their own for quality assurance.

The group of farmers behind this coffee, comprised of both women and men, refer to themselves as Turihamwe Turashobora in Kirundi, which translates to "Together We Can!"  

The wet mill and quality team is entirely women-led and works closely with JNP's trained Q Graders on best quality practices and lot curation.

Fully washed coffee processing for the Turihamwe Turashobora group members is as detailed as anywhere in Burundi where the best coffees are produced. Cherry is floated for density and visible defects before depulping and fermentation. After fermentation is complete, the wet parchment is sorted by density in concrete washing channels. Drying takes place at first under shade and then in the open air with the parchment piled into pyramids, flattened and re-shaped each day as a form of incremental air exposure to slowly and evenly dry the coffee and lock in the final moisture. The resulting profile is exceedingly clean, bright, and delicate, with freshly squeezed grapefruit and sweet lemongrass flavors.


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