Burundi is a landlocked county in the Great Rift Valley, sandwiched between East Africa and the great lakes region. Its shares borders with Rwanda, Tanzania and the DRC. The coffee industry here has its roots in Colonialism, with Arabica trees first introduced in the 1930s by the Belgian government. Burundi gained its independence in 1962. Despite its ties to the past, the cultivation of coffee persisted and was invested in, seen by both producers and the newly formed government as a pathway to prosperity. Today the industry is almost entirely made up of smallholder producers. The work of these producers directly supports around 5 million people, or just under 50% of the total population, understandably meaning coffee production is incredibly important in Burundi.
Due to significant internal and external factors, Seven Seeds have yet to be able to establish a continued relationship with a producer group or exporter in Burundi. Over the last two years, we have made it a focus of our sourcing strategy to partner with exporters like Sucafina to establish relationships and cement a long-term place for Burundi on our menu. The Masha is a stunning lot and a fantastic opportunity to remind ourselves why Burundi is so special. This coffee offers a glimpse into an exciting origin sometimes overlooked in favour of the coffee powerhouses in the surrounding regions. Masha is an extremely clean and textured coffee, syrupy smooth, with a deliciously comforting finish.
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