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LONG MILES COFFEE PROJECT

We at J&N are proud to have bought coffee from Long Miles Coffee in Burundi since 2014. When founders Ben & Kristy Carlson moved to Burundi in 2011, they saw both injustices and poor agricultural practices that dominated the country's coffee industry. They also saw that roasteries around the world had a hard time getting consistently good coffee from Burundi. As an initiative for positive change for both farmers and coffee roasters, the Long Miles Coffee Project was born.

At the roastery, we simply call them "Long Miles". We have worked closely with them since the beginning and know each other very well by now. After each harvest, we get a lot of samples based on our discussions during the year, and what they think may appeal to us. There are always many good coffees, and we always find something or some that we like a little extra!



LONG MILES HISTORY

Coffee producers in Burundi have often had a long and demanring journey on foot to be able to deliver their coffee. They have then previously chosen to sell their coffee cherries at a very low price to someone who has been able to pick it up. In the inaccessible and extremely rural landscape of northern Burundi, proximity to producers has therefore been very important for Long Miles.

In 2013, the first washing station Bukeye was built. It is located at the foot of the Gaharo hill and the same people who helped build it, today deliver coffee there. During the construction, they were surprised by the interest from the producers. Working scales and fair payment meant that the interest from coffee farmers far exceeded the capacity of the small washing station. Therefore, in 2014 the second washing station, Heza, was built.

Long Miles also has its own small coffee farm, Gitwe, near Heza. The idea of the farm is to show the other producers in the area how to best run a coffee farm. Here you show how to best increase your harvest, fight diseases and insect infestations and raise your quality. In 2020, we bought a lot from Gitwe, a deliciously washed coffee with flavors of peach, black currant, and green tea.

Another initiative to increase the quality of coffee and the motivation of producers is the Farmer Field Schools project, which was started in 2015. The idea is that the farmers being part of the project will get model farms, and in turn spread the knowledge further to nearby farmers. Long Miles walked around to the farmers on the different hills and invited them to join. The only criteria was to cultivate coffee. The participants were trained, for example, in how to prune trees, composting, weed management, fertilization and pest control. Long Miles separated lots from these producers for the first time in 2020 (and we were lucky enough to purchase a wonderful washed coffee with flavors of raspberry, white grapefruit and papaya). The expectation with the project is partly to make more producers feel pride and commitment in their coffee farming, but above all to make the cultivations more sustainable, both agriculturally and economically.

Today, Long Miles operates three washing stations in Burundi; Bukeye, Heza and Ninga. The construction of Ninga was initiated in 2017 to get closer to even more producers. The washing station means that the 2,000 coffee farmers around the Ninga hill do not have to walk as far to deliver their coffee cherries. The time between harvest on the farm and processing at the washing station is also shortened, which helps to increase the quality of the coffee. Due to bureaucratic obstacles, however, construction could not start until 2020, but it was completed by the 2021 harvest. Our coffee Burundi Ninga was among the very first lots of dried coffee produced there !!

Read more about Long Miles, and their other projects in both Uganda and Kenya, on their website longmilescoffeeproject.com or check out their Instagram @longmilescoffee filled with beautiful photos and incredibly nice coffee content!
Burundi Gishubi
Burundi Gishubi
Burundi Gishubi
Burundi Gishubi
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Burundi Gishubi
Burundi Gishubi
Burundi Gishubi
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Burundi Gishubi

Burundi Gishubi

160.00 Sale Save
Innehåll Whole Beans, 250 g
This is an incredibly fruity coffee from the Gishubi Hill in northern Burundi, with lively flavours of raspberries, rhubarb and mandarin.

The coffee is produced by Long Miles Coffee which is run by Ben & Kristy Carlson. They moved to Burundi in 2011 and saw that both injustice and poor farming practices permeated the country's coffee industry. They also saw that roasters around the world had a hard time getting consistently good coffee from Burundi. In an effort to see positive change in both farmers’ and roasters’ lives, Long Miles Coffee was born.

At the roastery, we simply call them "Long Miles". We have worked closely with them since 2014 and know each other very well now. At harvest, we get a lot of samples based on our discussions, and what they think may appeal to us. There are always many good coffees, and often there is something we like more than anything else! This year we fell particularly much for this coffee which stood out as more complex than other washed coffees. A really clean, fresh coffee with great acidity. We have mainly brewed the coffee using a V60, which we think perfectly highlights the freshness, but still retains the sweetness in the coffee.

Gishubi Hill is right next to the forest of Kibira National Park. The cool mist from the forest at an altitude of 2200 meters contributes to tasty and full-bodied coffee cherries. Unfortunately, the forest has historically been used as a hideout by various armed groups. Therefore, farmers have sometimes been forced to abandon their crops, leading to fallen coffee trees and substandard soils.

Long Miles came to the area in 2014 when the Heza washing station was built. Thanks to the hard work of its coffee scouts who train the farmers, Long Miles has managed to make a change. Together, by planting shade trees, proper pruning, composting and using natural fertilizers, they slowly have improved the condition of the small farms. Now the farmers know that the more they invest in their farms, the more they will get paid for their coffee.

Producers in Burundi have often had a long and demanding journey by foot to deliver their coffee. So instead, they have chosen to sell the coffee at a very low price to those who have been able to pick it up. Therefore, in the inaccessible and extremely rural landscape, the proximity to the producers has also been very important for Long Miles. Today, 291 farmers from Gishubi deliver coffee to the nearby washing station Heza, and they now get paid well for the high quality they produce!

Burundi Gishubi is a washed coffee, which means that the pulp is removed and the coffee beans are washed before being dried. It is an incredible craft that greatly affects the flavour of the coffee. To use only perfectly ripe cherries, the process begins with the coffee in this lot being sorted twice immediately upon arrival at the washing station. Peel and pulp are removed, and the coffee is placed in basins to dry ferment for about 12 hours in a controlled process. When ready, the coffee is fermented once more for 24 hours, but now covered with water. The fermentations are done to loosen the mucilage layer from the coffee beans. It is the inner part of the pulp that is attached to the bean. The coffee is then rinsed with clean water and sorted once more to remove any defects. A day later, the coffee is placed on raised beds where it dries for two to three weeks. This whole process requires a lot of care and is one of the things that sets good washing stations apart from the rest. The result is a fantastic specialty coffee full of nuanced flavours!



COFFEE INFO

Name: Burundi Long Miles Gishubi
Origin: Burundi
Region: Kayanza
Producer: Long Miles Coffee
Farm: 291 small holders
Altitude: 2200 m.a.s.l.
Variety: Red Bourbon
Coffee process: Washed

Taste Notes: Raspberries, rhubarb, mandarin.

Content: 100% coffee
Burundi Ninga
Burundi Ninga
Burundi Ninga
Burundi Ninga
Burundi Ninga
Burundi Ninga
Burundi Ninga
Burundi Ninga
Burundi Ninga
Burundi Ninga
Burundi Ninga
Burundi Ninga
Burundi Ninga
Burundi Ninga
Burundi Ninga
Burundi Ninga

Burundi Ninga

175.00 Sale Save
Innehåll Whole Beans, 250 g
This is a fantastic sweet natural coffee with a taste of strawberry and blackberry, with a great freshness that resembles blood orange.

The coffee is produced by Long Miles Coffee which is run by Ben & Kristy Carlson. They moved to Burundi in 2011 and saw that both injustice and poor farming practices permeated the country's coffee industry. They also saw that roasters around the world had a hard time getting consistently good coffee from Burundi. In an effort to see positive change in both farmers’ and roasters’ lives, Long Miles Coffee was born.

At the roastery, we simply call them "Long Miles". We have worked closely with them since 2014 and know each other very well now. At harvest, we get a lot of samples based on our discussions, and what they think may appeal to us. There are always many good coffees, and often there is something we like more than anything else! As we cupped this year's natural coffees, we especially fell for this coffee from Ninga Hill. We are mainly looking for fruity and fresh coffees when it comes to naturals from Burundi, and this is really an exceptionally good one! We have mostly brewed this coffee using a V60, which we think highlights the freshness of the coffee but still retains sweetness.

When Long Miles built its first Bukeye washing station at Gaharo Hill, they were overwhelmed by the interest of the producers. Working scales and fair payment meant that the deliveries from coffee farmers far exceeded the capacity of the small washing station. To get even closer to many of the producers, Long Miles in 2017 decided to build a washing station at Ninga Hill. This means that 2,000 coffee farmers around Ninga don’t have to go as far to deliver their coffee cherries. The time between picking and processing at a washing station is also shortened, which helps to increase the quality of the coffee. Due to bureaucratic obstacles, however, the construction of the washing station could not start until 2020. Our coffee Burundi Ninga is among the first lots of natural coffee produced there! Next year, they also hope to be able to produce washed coffee.

To increase the quality of coffee and the motivation of producers, Long Miles 2015 initiated the Farmer Field Schools project. The idea is that the farmers being part of the project will get model farms, and in turn spread the knowledge further to nearby farmers. Long Miles walked around to the farmers on the different hills and invited them to join. The only criteria was to cultivate coffee. The participants were trained, for example, in how to prune trees, composting, weed management, fertilization and pest control. Long Miles separated lots from these producers for the first time in 2020. Our coffee Burundi Ninga is such a coffee. The expectation with the project is partly to make more producers feel pride and commitment in their coffee farming, but above all to make the cultivations more sustainable, both agriculturally and economically.

Burundi Ninga is a natural coffee, which means that the coffee beans are dried in their cherries. The first step at the washing station is to sort out the coffee cherries that are not perfectly ripe. This is done through density sorting, so-called floating, with the help of water. Unripe and overripe cherries are removed as they float to the surface faster than perfectly ripe cherries. After that the cherries are also sorted by hand before being placed on drying tables. There they spend 25-30 days drying, depending on the weather. The deep red coffee cherries slowly transform to a prune-like purple-black colour, until reaching the ideal 10.5% moisture level. Then the beans are dry enough not to risk getting bad, but still retain as much as possible of their flavours. Now the coffee beans are separated from the dried cherry. Finally, the coffee is sorted one last time and placed in bags where the coffee rests for a few weeks before it is ready to be sent to us.

COFFEE INFO

Origin: Burundi
Region: Kayanza
Producer: Long Miles Coffee 
Farm: Ninga Washing Station
Altitude: 1800 m.a.s.l.
Variety: Red Bourbon
Coffee process: Natural

Taste Notes: Strawberry, blood orange, blackberry

Content: 100% coffee

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