The high altitude, volcanic soils, thousands of hills and plentiful rainfall in Burundi make for the ideal conditions for growing high-quality Arabica coffee. The country’s coffee is grown by local farmers on family-owned micro plantations located in collines (translated from French as ‘hills’). Each farmer manages between 250 and 550 trees that have been planted under natural shade. The farmers bring their cherries to the washing stations that are within accessible distance from their plantations. All of our Arabica coffee is of the Red Bourbon variety and is traceable, from bean to cup. We have built trust among the coffee farming community, not only for paying a good price for their cherries but also for paying them on time.
We are incredibly proud of the award-winning coffee we produce. In 2015, our Nemba micro lot won first prize at the Burundi 'Cup of Excellence' competition and another 10 of our washing stations ranked among the top 30 micro lots in Burundi. In 2017, our Kibingo micro lot won first prize and a Presidential award (90+ cupping score) and we managed to take all of the remaining spots in the top 5 (with Nzove also earning a Presidential award), as well as 8 spots in the top 10. Overall, we had 13 micro lots in the top 23. 2018 saw our Rubagabaga micro lot achieve first place with 3 other stations taking home a presidential award and a total of 15 stations holding a spot in the top 29. This success has seen our coffee sent to almost every corner of the globe, which has helped by putting both Greenco and Burundi's world class coffee on the map.