Mikuba Hill, Burundi / Lot 27

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Technical Details

  • Tasting Notes: Honey, Meyer Lemon, & Creamy

  • 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

Backstory

The Mikuba 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 and in the face of very challenging circumstance.
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The coffee from Mikuba Hilll is exactly that. It hails from many small scale farmers which live on Mikuba 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.’
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Long Miles owns two washing stations. These washing stations not only are the manufacturing facilities but also become the collection points for all farmers to drop off their hard grown cherries. Mikuba 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.
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Long Miles actively tries to be proactive and not just let the farmers come to them. They employ a team of coffee scouts which actively are walking these hills, befriending farmers and teaching better agricultural techniques. 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.
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Mikuba, in the native language of Kirundi, tragically means disaster. Like much of the country and its recurring cycles of war and violence, Mikuba Hill was a battle site. When you ask the farmers how they feel about living on a hill named disaster, they will tell you that it is a part of their history and that it cannot be erased. Yet, this does not stop them from having hope and rebuilding their homes and land so that generations ahead can have community and life on the hill.