Burundi Masanganzira Fully Washed

Apple, pecan, chocolate, citrus
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Bag Weight 60 KG BAG
Harvest Season 2023/24
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Lot Number P8002329-3
  • 6 Bag(s)
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About This Coffee

Masanganzira mill is located in Gashosho commune, Muyinga province, just a few minutes drive from Ikawa Nziza dry mill. It is managed by Pierre, a relatively large scale farmer by Burundian standards. Pierre started producing raised bed naturals in 2020 and then building a washing station to process fully washed coffee. This lot is a combination of coffee from Pierre's farm as well as those from other local smallholder farmers who deliver to his washing station.

This lot is milled and exported by Ikawa Nziza which began in 2013 as a partnership between the owners of Cafex mill and Schluter (now Covoya Europe), specifically aimed at building and promoting the specialty coffee production in Burundi. Ikawa Nziza’s mill is the first purpose-built specialty drymill in Burundi, situated at altitude and designed to cater for high-quality microlot coffees.

Origin Burundi
Subregion Gashoho commune, Muyinga Province
Harvest Season 2023/24
Producer Type Small Holder Farmers
Wet Mill Masanganzira
Processing Washed
Growing Altitude 1600m - 2000m
Plant Species Arabica
Variety Bourbon
Coffee Grade BDI CA FW SC 15+
Screen Size 15 Up
Bag Weight 60 KG BAG
Bag Types Grain Pro / Ecotact

History of Coffee in Burundi

During colonization, Belgians forced the people of Burundi to grow coffee to pay taxes, an all too familiar story. So, it is understandable that after independence, the farmers of Burundi were less than enthusiastic about growing coffee and there was almost no focus on quality. When world coffee prices dropped to historic lows 20 years ago, prices paid to farmers by government run washing stations were so low that coffee was smuggled into neighboring countries to be sold as Rwandan or Tanzanian coffee. When prices began to rise and become relatively stable, Burundi coffee farmers in the northern highlands did not forget that Rwanda received better prices for quality. The coffee farmers of Burundi began to emulate some of what was happening in Rwanda, forming cooperatives and seeking ways to improve quality

The Process

Ripe cherries (superior quality) are selected from daily pickings and then floated to select only the highest quality cherries by density. These are then pulped, dry-fermented for 14 hours and thoroughly washed to remove all the remaining mucilage. The coffee is then dried on raised beds, first in the shade and then in full sunlight for a total of around 20 days. The coffee is carefully turned throughout to maintain a consistent drying process. One the optimum moisture content has been reached the coffee is rested in a cool dark environment prior to export. 


  • Subregion Gashoho commune, Muyinga Province
  • Producer Type Small Holder Farmers
  • Wet Mill Masanganzira
  • Processing Washed
  • Bag Types Grain Pro / Ecotact
  • Plant Species Arabica
  • Variety Bourbon
  • Min Growing Altitude 1600m
  • Max Growing Altitude 2000m
  • Screen Size 15 Up
  • On Sale No
  • Top Lot No
  • Price Per Kg €6.15
  • Status Spot
  • Coffee Grade BDI CA FW SC 15+
  • CTRM Contract Number P8002329-3
  • Origin Burundi
  • Warehouse Vollers Hamburg