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WS Masha

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182 Kč
Cena bez DPH: 158,26 Kč

A consistent favourite at cuppings, this coffee from Masha washing station is not to be missed! It is one of those coffees we love to pull out to convince the strongest of Burundi coffee haters. If you still think Burundi only produces harsh, vegetal coffees, the time has come to take a sip and experience the variety of fruit flavours in this origin. This is our first offering from Masha washing station in our ongoing collaboration with Greenco.

Red fruits, maple syrup, dense, melon


Masha central washing station

Masha is one of Greenco’s 13 coffee washing stations. It is perhaps one of the most known washing stations in Burundi. Masha has a repution for consistently producing top quality coffees with complex fruit profiles.

Masha is located in Gihororo, Gatara Commune in Kayanza province. The washing station lies at 1672 meters above sea level. Masha has 3469 registered coffee producers, each has 290 trees on average. The washing station is equipped with 12 fermentation tanks, 4 cherry selection tables, 2 flotation tanks, 2 soaking tanks and a drying field with 160 drying tables, and 40 pre-drying tables. Kibingo can process 750 000kg of cherry per day.

At cherry intake, a picking team sorts the cherries on maturity. This is essential for a fine processing, with less damaged beans. The cherry skins are mechanically removed during pulping. Next, the sticky parchment will dry ferment for 12 hours. When fermentation is complete, the parchment goes down the washing and grading channel. Finally, the top quality coffee soaks for an additional 24 hours to remove any remaining mucilage before going to the pre-drying tables. Here, a second team of pickers checks the wet parchment to take out defect beans. After a couple of hours, the parchment is moved to the drying tables. Depending on the weather conditions, it will reach 12% moisture content in about two weeks.

Organization

Masha CWS has 3469 registered producers, spread over 12 collines or hills in Kayanza province. All producers registered at a Greenco washing station are organized in groups of 30 people, headed by a farm leader. This leader acts as a spokesman to facilitate communication and organization with the washing station.

In Burundi, wet mills can reach farmers in a ray of 3km. If the washing station lies too far away, producers will sell to middlemen, often at a disadvantage. To prevent this, Masha and other Greenco CWS have collection centers. These centers allow them to reach farmers at up to 9 kilometers distance from the wet mill. This is a huge benefit for the producer who doesn’t have to travel far with a heavy load of cherries. At the same time, shorter distances help to preserve the coffee quality.

At the washing station, farmers can obtain organic fertilizer from reconverted coffee pulp. To promote farm renovation, producers can buy low-cost, subsidized coffee seedlings at the washing station. Each station has its own nursery for this purpose.

Kayanza

Kayanza is one of Burundi’s regions with the best coffee growing reputation. Coffee farms lie in the highlands, where soils are rich and volcanic. But optimal growing conditions alone aren’t enough to produce a high-quality coffee. To achieve a top coffee, a skilled and dedicated washing station manager is essential. They oversee the implementation of good economic practice and farmer education, and collaborate with the producers to ensure they have access to the necessary tools. They also help farmers determine and implement the practices best suited to the specific growing conditions of their plantations.

Greenco

Greenco is a company that oversees and structures washing stations in Kayanza province of Burundi. It gives the washing stations and producers support all along the production chain. They started their work in 2015, and immediately ended up with eleven winning lots in that year’s Cup of Excellence. Currently, Greenco has 13 washing stations all located in Kayanza in the north of Burundi. Greenco’s overall impact through these 13 CWS extends to over 40’000 coffee producing households. The producers receive support from the Greenco CWS managers, who are all young engineers in agronomy.

Supporting the producing communities

Working with young graduates has proved to have various advantages. They can all work with computer systems. It seems like a detail for us, but this greatly simplifies the flow of information between the washing stations and Greenco. Also, they have a fresh and systematic approach to coffee production and processing, with up-to-date knowledge about farming practices. The agronomists received additional training from the ONG Kahawatu on best agricultural practices (BAP). Off season, they provice agronomist assistance to the roughly 4000 farmers who deliver cherries to Greenco CWS to prepare for the next harvest.

Next to improving quality and productivity, Greenco strives to improve socio-economic and environmental conditions around the washing stations. All of their washing stations have UTZ and 4C certification. One of their focus points is building an efficient supply chain around the CWS.  Greenco is buying 93% of its cherries directly from farmers via collection centers. This way, they improve farm-gate price to the producers.

Another socio-economic challenge Greenco addresses is youth unemployment. The national youth unemployment rate is almost 50%. At Greenco, young graduates receive a decent salary and benefits (house, motorbike, healthcare) as well as real career prospects.

Next to the trainings on farming practices, Greenco organizes trainings for farmer groups on various social aspects. Coffee families learn about gender equality, financial planning, family planning, breastfeeding, etc.

On an environmental side, Greenco has equipped all washing stations with water treatment facilities and solar panels and batteries. The solar panels provide energy for  computers, lighting and smartphones.

A consistent favourite at cuppings, this coffee from Masha washing station is not to be missed! It is one of those coffees we love to pull out to convince the strongest of Burundi coffee haters. If you still think Burundi only produces harsh, vegetal coffees, the time has come to take a sip and experience the variety of fruit flavours in this origin. This is our first offering from Masha washing station in our ongoing collaboration with Greenco.

  • Masha
  • Bourbon
  • 2016
  • Gihororo, Gatara Commune, Kayanza province
  • 1672m