Yandaro - Burundi
Price From 13,00€
- Washing station:
- Yandaro washing station
- 3190+ smallholders
- Farm size:
- average of 350 trees
- Red Bourbon
- Honey Process
Words by Sucafina, the green coffee importing company we bought this coffee from:
Yandaro station sits close to the border with Rwanda, in the Kayanza province. Both countries share special growing conditions in the corridor that connects the south of Rwanda to the north of Burundi. This region produces many of our favorite coffees both in Rwanda and Burundi.
The washing station is in the valley where the eponymous Yandaro river runs. The growing area around the station benefits from being close to the Kibira Rainforest. A rainforest helps maintain groundwater reserves and adequate nutrition levels in the soil for the region surrounding it. Stationed near the rainforest and a large river, Yandaro is in a very strategic location within a high-potential coffee region.
The station serves 3,190+ local coffee producers from 22 hills around the station. The average altitude in the area is 1,800 meters above sea level. Yandaro processes more than 1,200 metric tons of coffee throughout the harvest season. The region has a mild climate with average temperatures between 18 and 25° Celsius, depending on the altitude.
Yandaro station participates in a number of farmer outreach and support projects include a goat and pig project, Farmer Hub, strengthening cooperatives and distributing fertilizer and coffee trees.
During the harvest season, all coffee is selectively hand-picked. Since most families only have a few hundred trees, harvesting is done almost entirely by the family.
Quality assurance begins as soon as farmers deliver their cherry. Cherry is wet processed under constant supervision. All cherry is floated in small buckets as a first step to check quality. Greenco still purchases floaters (damaged, underripe, etc) but immediately separates the two qualities and only markets floaters as B-quality cherry. After floating, the higher quality cherry is sorted again by hand to remove all damaged, underripe and overripe cherries.
After sorting, cherry is pulped within 6 hours of delivery. The station’s pulper can process up to 3 tons of cherries per hour. During pulping, cherry is separated into high- and low-grade by density on a Mackinon 3-disc pulper outfitted with an additional separation disk. The coffee is then fermented for 10 to 12 hours in clean water from a nearby stream. After fermentation is completed, coffee is run through washing and grading canals.
Parchment is then transported to the drying tables where they will dry slowly for 2 to 3 weeks. Pickers go over the drying beans for damaged or defective beans that may have been missed in previous quality checks. Each table has a traceability tag with the lot info. Drying parchment is stirred regularly and any parchment with visual defects is removed.
Once dry, the parchment coffee is then bagged and taken to the warehouse. Greenco’s team of expert cuppers assess every lot (which are separated by station, day and quality) at the lab. The traceability of the station, day and quality is maintained throughout the entire process.
Before shipment, coffee is sent to Budeca, Burundi’s largest dry mill. The coffee is milled and then hand sorted by a team of hand-pickers who look closely at every single bean to ensure zero defects. It takes a team of two hand-pickers a full day to look over a single bag. UV lighting is also used on the beans and any beans that glows—usually an indication of a defect—is removed.