Gishubi

Raspberries. Brown Sugar. Pomegranate.

Hill: Gishubi
Mill: Long Miles Coffee Project
Region: Kayanza
Country: Burundi
Processing: Natural
Elevation: 1,850 - 2,000 masl
Varietals: Heirloom Bourbon
Sourced By: Direct with Hand Pickers Australia

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Information on this coffee from Long Miles Coffee Project:

"Our first journey, yes journey, for there is no other way to describe the drive up this mountain on the edge of Burundi's northern boarder. The approach to Gishubi hill was a breath-taking experience. Every singe time back to Gishubi since has remained such an experience. When walking up the trails of Gishubi I feel like I'm touching heaven itself. Clouds and mist press in constantly from the green lung of the Kibira rain forest that creates this mountain's northern boarder. Then there is the equatorial sun that fights through and creates this amazing heat and dappled light that plays off the coffee trees spread beneath the shadow of the forest.

At 2,200 meters above sea level the altitude, micro climate and long fallow soil create ideal conditions for coffee. Now add in the human element. The forest itself proved a great place for rebels to hide throughout the Burundi and Rwanda conflict so this and many hills around the forest remain under-populated for such ideal growing conditions. The last 10-15 years have seen a slow and steady push of people back onto the hill though. These people have come to make a new life, a better life. This has thus created a home to one of the most dedicated and passionate farmer groups in Burundi. A chance to live a new life on Gishubi hill has galvanized the community into something closer then any cooperative could.

Extreme isolation, poverty, and the beauty/fear of the forest forever is the backdrop to Gishubi people. What do I expect when visiting? Joy. This is no place for world wide organizations to claim Burundi as the
"...most miserable country in the world." Instead we see Gishubi as a shining light for Burundi. It is where we see the best of African coffee is emerging. We call Gishubi the "Golden Hill" because every single Gishubi lot tastes like gold.

Coffee. People. Potential."

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