Coffee atlas: Burundi

Capital: Bujumbura

Population: 11.1 million

Area: 27.8 thousand square km

Coffee first arrived in Burundi in the 1920s while the country was still under Belgian colonial rule. Since the civil war in 1993 Burundi has placed a great importance on growing the coffee industry and the flow on effects that will have on the country’s economy.

In a country whose economy was decimated by civil conflict, coffee is seen as one of the best routes to greater economic output and strength. Burundi’s mountainous terrain is well suited to the cultivation of coffee plants. The most common variety found in Burundi is the Bourbon varietal, and tend to be fully washed.

Coffee regions in Burundi:


Central region containing one of two state-owned dry mills and the central laboratories that tests the quality of all coffees to be exported


Northern region near the Rwandan border

Coffees from Burundi:

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Burundi Sehe

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Flavours of lollypop, strawberry, orange

Body     Acidity

Honey Red Bourbon, Jackson

July 2018 harvest

Roasted omni for filter and espresso

Burundi Sehe online
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Burundi Gahahe

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Flavours of raspberry, blood orange and marmalade

Body     Acidity

Washed Red Bourbon

July 2022 harvest

Roasted omni for filter and espresso

Burundi Gahahe online