Jammy blend of stewed red fruits, cranberry & honey.
Farmers from Bumba Hill had to cross three rivers and pass two province borders to reach the nearest washing station. The dedication of these coffee farmers stood out to the Long Miles team, both in the field and on the cupping table. Coffee is the most important crop grown on the hill, closely competing with corn and beans. Year after year, Long Miles Coffee has met challenge after challenge trying to bring a washing station closer to Bumba Hill. Long Miles bought a piece of land on Ninga Hill, a stone's throw away from Bumba. And now after almost five years, Ninga Washing Station has produced its first micro-lots. Including this exceptional honey processed lot, a jammy blend of stewed red fruits, cranberry & honey.
The dedication of coffee farmers in this region to producing quality coffee stood out to the Long Miles team, both in the field and on the cupping table.
Every year since then, Long Miles has been trying to bring a washing station closer to this community. In 2017, Long Miles bought a piece of land on Ninga Hill, a fifteen-kilometre drive from Bukeye Washing Station. However, significant changes in the country’s coffee regulatory board delayed the build-out of a washing station. It took them close to three years to cross the bureaucratic red tape. In 2022, they started building traditional African-raised drying beds and produced the first naturally-processed micro-lots of the season: Bumba, Giku and Ninga.
It takes a lot of time, resources and people to build a washing station in Burundi. It is their hope to see the Ninga Washing Station built to completion in time for next year’s coffee harvest season.
The farming communities that call Bumba home are far beyond the reach of clean drinking water and electricity. Step closer to the centre of the hill and you’ll find a local market where people sell baskets full of freshly harvested crops and trade other household essentials. Coffee farmers will walk or bicycle the day’s harvest of cherry to the Ninga Washing Station delivery site.
Beyond the Brew: Long Miles
Five Senses feels a strong sense of shared values around excellent quality coffee and social impact with the Long Miles crew. The organisation, attention to detail and positive relationships we saw on the ground were genuinely impressive. The Long Miles Team continue to produce some truly amazing coffees which are improving the lives of coffee growers in these remote areas of Burundi.LEARN MORE