Mutana Hill, Burundi / Lot 36
- Tasting Notes: Ripe Cherry, Dark Chocolate & Structured
- Varietal(s): Bourbon
- Processing: Fully Washed – Long Miles’ Heza Washing Station
- Altitude: 1800 - 2000 masl
- Farm(ers): Small Scale Farmers of Mikuba Hill
- Region: Kayanza
- Country: Burundi
This Mutana Hill coffee story is actually a shared story with the Long Miles Coffee Project. Together, they produce what is some of the most beautiful coffees in the world despite very challenging circumstance.
The coffee from Mutana Hilll is exactly that. It hails from the many small scale farmers which live on Mutana Hill. Long Miles discovered that this hill has a unique coffee profile and thus opted to keep all of these farmers cherries separate from the other ‘hills.’
Long Miles owns two washing stations. These washing stations not only are the manufacturing facilities but have also become the collection points for all farmers to drop off their hard grown cherries. Mutana Hill’s farmers walk or bike their cherries to Long Mile’s Heza washing station. From here and often dependent on the total production of the hill’s farmers, Long Miles decide to either produce fully washed, honey or natural processed coffees. This coffee is obviously the fully washed version and is a beautiful expression of Burundian coffee.
Long Miles actively tries to be proactive and not just let farmers come to them. They employ a team of scouts which actively walk these hills, befriending farmers and teaching better agricultural techniques. Within Mutana Hill, the scouts are teaching pruning techniques of the trees for better health and also pioneering ways to create natural fertilizer by taking manure, sawdust and dried grass.
Mutana Hill is only a couple kilometers from the Kibira Forest. Because of this it has a unique climate and coupled with its silty and sandy soil can grow everything the people need to eat. Wheat, cassava, potato, onions, peas, beans, sweet potato, passion fruit and tea, another cash crop, all often grow and sustain the farmers of Mutana Hill.