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.

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Coffee regions in Burundi

Gitega

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

Common varietals: Bourbon, Mibirizi

Typical altitude: 1400–1600 m above sea level


Kayanza

Northern region near the Rwandan border

Common varietals: Bourbon, Mibirizi

Typical altitude: 1700–2000 m above sea level


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