Located in the Kayanza region, Mpanga washing station is among the most well recognized producers of complex, clean specialty coffee in Burundi. Mpanga has garnered high scores in the Burundi Cup of Excellence, including 1st and 3rd place in the 2014 COE. The washing station was built in 2008 under the initiative of Jean-Clement Birabereye, who manages the mill and represents the farmers through the trading company SEGEC (Societe General d’exploitation et d’exportation du Cafe). Jean-Clement boasts an incredible resume, with more than 15 years of experience in milling. Through SEGEC, Birabereye offers a premium to producers whose coffees place in competition, motivating farmers to meticulous harvesting and agricultural practices. The station processes cherry from 300 families with plots of 10-50 trees on average, though a handful have more than 100. Mpanga is equipped with 450 drying beds and a six disc McKinnon pulping machine. Total production is about 1,500 tons of cherry per year.
No organic certification is currently held by farmers due to cost, although the planting process and maintenance of farms is organic by default. The station prides itself on paying above market price for cherries to encourage high quality production at each harvest.
Altitude: 1980 m
Process: fully washed
Drying: dried on raised African beds