Region/Country: Various regions, Burundi
Farm: Various small scale farmers
Processing Method: Natural Process
Varietal: Red Bourbon
Certifications: Rain Forest Alliance
In the cup: Blackberry, Mango, Juicy
Inzovu is the Kirundi word for the wise elephant, an excellent name for an ingenuous solution for coffee production in Burundi. In Burundi, most coffee production occurs at a very small scale. in fact, most producers consist of small scale farmers with fewer than 250 coffee trees in their backyards. This means that coffee production in Burundi is often a collective effort. Our friends at Sucafina have all but mastered how to procure and produce high quality Burundi coffees. Through a network of mills and collection centers, Sucafina allows these small farmers easy access to buyers for their coffee cherries. Once the cherries have been collected they are painstakingly sorted, resorted, and sorted again via handpicking, floating, and black-lighting until all defects have been removed. While it is hard to pin point exactly which farmers these beans come from, Sucafina is able to trace back to each individual mill or collection site, and time of collection, an incredible feat.
Rainforest Alliance (RFA) is a certification system that emphasizes climate-smart agriculture. RFA farms have at least 40% of land covered in canopy, significant species diversity (at least 12 native tree species per hectare, on average) and a system of natural vegetation buffers between agricultural land and bodies of water. The farms also use organic fertilizers.
Sucafina is working to increase coffee production and quality in Burundi, increasing the economic opportunity that coffee represents for its people. In addition to help related to coffee, Sucafina is implementing projects such as livestock solidarity chains, composting, distribution of seedlings, soil analysis, crop diversification, gender inclusion workshops, youth empowerment workshops, village savings and loan groups, and health and nutrition workshops.