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Kibingo - Burundi - Honey - Red Bourbon

Another awesome coffee from Burundi! Burundi has long been overlooked, often overshadowed by neighboring East African specialty coffee-producing powerhouses like Ethiopia and Kenya. Although the potential for great quality coffee from Burundi is finally being realised. This coffee is sweet and clean with notes of honey, blackberry, & black tea.

This coffee was sourced through Greenco, a close partner with Sucafina. Greenco works with 1,739 smallholder farmers who deliver cherry to the Kibingo washing station in Kayanza, and support producers all along the production chain. They started their work in 2015, and have dominated all Cup of Excellence competitions in Burundi ever since.




1,739farmers grow coffee and deliver to the station in Kayanza. Each has around 200 to 250 trees on average.


Kayanza in North-West Burundi offers superb conditions of high altitudes, sunny days and cool nights.

Cupping Score

This exceptional lot scores at 87.5 points.


The region is host to high elevations and mineral rich, rocky soils. The washing station itself sits at 1,893 masl.


This lot is made 100% Red Bourbon, which is the most commonly planted variety in Burundi.


All the coffee that comes through the Kibingo washing station is meticulously sorted by grade, size, and density by hand, by floating and with machinery. For this Grade A lot, cherries are pulped and laid to try in their mucillage on raised beds as a 'honey'.




"All producers registered at Kibingo washing station are organized in groups of 30 people, headed by a farm leader. This leader acts as a spokesperrson to facilitate communication and organization with the washing station."


Kibingo serves 1,739 registered coffee growers, spread over 18 hills in the area, and it is very much a community program. At the washing station, farmers can obtain organic fertilizer from converted coffee pulp. They can also get low-cost, subsidized coffee seedlings to promote farm renovation. Each station has its own nursery for this purpose. The washing station participates in a number of farmer outreach and support projects as well as a range of Farmer Hub projects centered on strengthening cooperatives and improving yields.



"Currently, Greenco has 13 washing stations all located in Kayanza in the north of Burundi.".

Greenco’s overall impact through these 13 central washing stations (CWS) extends to over 15,210 coffee producing households. The producers receive support from the Greenco CWS managers, who are all agronomic engineers, and who work with young agronomy graduates to provide farmer training and manage washing stations. They've established nurseries and sell the seedlings to farmers at or below cost. Greenco have also equipped all washing stations with water treatment facilities, solar panels and batteries. The station has ponds to purify the wastewater from processing before flowing back in the river network. The solar panels provide energy for computers, lighting and smartphones while at the washing station, farmers can also get organic fertilizer from reconverted coffee pulp.