Gaharo Hill, Burundi
Harvest Season: Spring 2016
Variety: Heirloom varieties
Location: Burundi, East Africa
Tasting Notes: cranberry, dark chocolate, tangerine
Grown By: Gaharo Producer Group
The first washing station built by the Long Miles Coffee Project rests at the feet of Gaharo Hill. For Long Miles, Gaharo farmers are neighbors and co-workers—many of the dedicated washing station employees and their families call Gaharo home. Farmers share memories of growing up on this hill, attending school here and playing a ballgame called ‘Horo’ (think 'Piggy in the Middle'.) These memories are often punctured by war, the loss of parents and the halt of development that conflict brings. Gaharo farmers continue to work toward better education for their children and greater stability so that they may live life secure in the knowledge that it will not be destroyed by war and conflict.
The sprawling Gaharo region was cultivated slightly later than other regions in the area. When farmers first arrived, there was no one to welcome them; only empty land waiting to be farmed. As farmers began to work the land and plant crops, the hill was named to mean “we are full” in Kirundi (the local language of Burundi). Today, over 600 farming families live in Gaharo.
We are stunned with the quality, care and consistency exemplified in the final product and we're sure you will be too.