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Notes: Blackberry, molasses, jam
Description: The Long Miles Project, founded by Ben and Kristy Carlson, opened its doors in 2013 and aims to raise the bar of specialty coffees coming out of Burundi. The project works with more than 4.500 individual coffee farmers living near two central washing stations. Coffee production at Heza is made possible from nearly 2.000 individual farmers supplying the station with ripe cherries, several hundred of whom deliver their cherries directly to the station. Heza employs 90 locals, 60 of whom are women devoted to quality control in the final cherry selection process. Heza also helps local farmers by supplying trees from a coffee tree nursery with over 15.000 seedlings and the intention is to plant these all over the war-torn Burundi countryside in years to come.
Gitwe stretches from Heza washing station all the way to the main road that runs through the northern province of Kayanza. At almost every hour the hill bustles with the activity of village life. People run alongside cars with baskets full to the brim with onions and potatoes to sell. Carpenters craft planks of wood into tables in the small town’s centre. Fig trees stand tall on either side of the hill, casting a welcoming shade from the hot East African sun. An assortment of onions, sweet potato, maize, banana, cassava, beans and cabbage are grown alongside coffee in the hill’s rich soils.
Gitwe carries deep scars from its violent past. Yet, there is an unrivalled unity amongst the people here. They have worked hard to develop as a community, coming together to build schools for their children and homes for their neighbours. With the help of Anicet and Patrice, the two coffee scouts dedicated to working on the hill, they are learning best farming practices. Before the scouts, farmers weren’t aware of the harm antestia bugs – the colourful critter linked to the potato defect – could cause to their coffee. ere was no one to show them how to prune their trees or explain why it was important. They didn’t know how to mulch or fertilize their farms. e scouts’ hard work has renewed farmers’ interest in growing coffee. Gitwe farmers are now pioneering a way of irrigating their coffee by building water channels alongside their farms. These channels collect rain water, which slowly irrigates their coffee trees and other crops.