Operator Salum runs several washing stations in Kayanza growing region, which reflect his passion for coffee and his community. Cherries are delivered to the washing stations from thousands of producers who cultivate and harvest from just a few hundred coffee trees. Lots are meticulously separated fully traceable to harvest date and washing station. Each lot is classified through a strict protocol that includes hand sorting and floating the cherry. The cherry is gently dried on raised beds until the moisture reaches 11 percent, after which the coffee is stored until it is time to prepare for export. Salum pays well above the government minimum for cherry and pays farmers extra to sort cherries. He also encourages the farmers keep and process unused cherry for personal consumption or to sell in the local market. Salum has a nursery program to distribute seedlings to farmers. He has also been paying to build additional classroom to alleviate problems with overcrowding in the schools.
Farm – Smallholders associated with Mbirizi Washing Station
Altitude – 1,750 – 1850 masl
Location – Gatara, Mbirizi, Kayanza Province, Burundi
Preparation – Full natural and dried in the sun on elevated tables
Varierty – Batian, Jackson, K7, Mbirizi 49, Mbirizi 68, SL28