Region: Nyagishiru, Muyinga
Producer: Zuberi Matsitsi
Elevation: 1600 - 1750masl
Cultivar: Red bourbon
Notes: Buttery, tangerine, mandarin, milk chocolate, sweet lemon
This CWS has 200 raised beds and uses a Mackinnon pulper. It has four fermentation tanks and two soaking/pre-floating tanks. The CWS is located on the hill on Nyagishiru and collects cherry from 12 neighboring hills. Matraco (Matsitsi Trading Co, the owner of the CWS) farms 7000 of its own trees on Nyagishiru Hill.
Matraco has contributed with seedlings for their Farmers in order to replace old aged coffee trees. They have also provided funds for a school and health centre construction in the Muyinga Province. Nyagishiru producers have received a premium 20% above the local market rate this season. Nyagishiru pays its staff almost 60% above the rate for casual labor in Burundi.
In 2019, our import partner, Forward Coffee was one of the first non-local people to ever visit this washing station. It is truly beautiful, situated in a valley surrounded by the Nyagishiru Hills, which it's named after. The coffee is sweet and clean. With proper management happening, we believe this could be one of the best washing stations in Burundi in the coming years. Interestingly, it's also located in a lesser known coffee region, Muyinga District, outside of Kayanza, the province the majority of Burundi's coffee is produced. We have beautiful photographs of Nyagishiru.
Washed coffees are fermented for 12 hours, in a traditional styling, where they're pulped at night, left in ceramic open-air tanks overnight, and cleaned and washed in the morning. They also go through a serpentine channel to sort and separate by density. They are then left for 20 days to dry on raised beds with consistent movement and rotations.