Burundi Shembati Kigume

Shembati Washing Station is one of two washing stations built in 2016 by the producer Salum Ramadhan. Its located in the province of Kayanza in the hills of Butaganzwa commune. This coffee is lovely and clean with beautiful florals, strawberry, and a sugary sweetness. 

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Shembati Washing Station is one of two washing stations built in 2016 by the producer Salum Ramadhan. Its located in the province of Kayanza in the hills of Butaganzwa commune. The site manager is a young guy called Ame Patrick. Its a medium sized washing station and they receive about 700 tons of cherry per season. That adds up to about 5 containers of specialty. They have a clean natural water source with about 200 drying tables and many of them have double layers, meaning the coffees will partially be dried in shade. Salum is now also specialized in producing naturals and honeys as well as regular washed and all his washing stations.

Although he has been working with smallholders in the Shembati area for some years now, the government changed the laws to limit the area washing stations can receive or accept cherry from, hence he built this washing station to be able to continue to work with the smallholders in this area. He is systematically separating the coffees based on where they are grown, and by the date of processing. Post harvest they are cupping through some hundred samples to select the ones that are outstanding. They generally collect cherries from within a community, however the landscape in Burundi means the communities are situated in between hills and this can often create microclimates specific to each area.

He’s also investing in social and environmental projects such as education in the local areas, ponds for wastewater etc.

Region: Butaganzwa, Kayanza, Burundi
Variety: Bourbon
Process: Washed, ~24 fermentation, dried on beds for 15-20 days
Elevation: 1,800 meters above sea level