|Notes||Pear Drops, White Grape, Ginger|
|Origin||Gacokwe Washing Station, Rango, Kayanza|
|Varietal||Bourbon, Jackson, Mibirizi|
Gacokwe washing station is located in the town of Rango in Burundi's Kayanza province. The washing station is supplied by roughly 2,000 coffee producers in the area, either directly, or to six local collection points that are affiliated to Gacokwe. Farmers here own less than half a hectare of land, on average, and in addition to growing coffee, they also grow crops like bananas, beans, yams, taro, and cassava, both for sale and for household use.
Due to the small size and yield of the average coffee farm or plot, washing stations are the primary point of purchase in Burundi. Unlike other coffee-growing regions in Central and South America where landholdings are slightly larger and coffee-centric resources are more available, most producers do not have space on their property or the financial means to do their own processing. Instead, the majority of growers deliver cherry to a facility - in this case, the Gacokwe washing station - that sorts, blends, and processes day lots to create different offerings.
Since 2006 our importing partner Cafe Imports has cupped coffees from more than 50 washing stations in an attempt to pinpoint those with the best practices, cleanest cups, and most high-quality nearby farms, with Gacokwe being one of those selected. In the cup this particular lot reminded us of boiled-sweets, particularly pear-drops, with additional notes of white-grape and ginger.