Angèle Ciza, Producer
Bourbon grown at 1650-1750 masl.
Burundi is one of the smallest coffee producing countries in East Africa. The country has seen great reforms in the coffee sector since 1992 when the government decided to remove itself from direct management of farms and washing stations. With ideal growing conditions and the strong presence of the bourbon variety, many entrepreneurs have taken on the task of bringing Burundi’s exquisite and under-represented coffees to the attention of the specialty coffee market. Kahawa Link Company (KALICO) was founded by two such women, Angèle Ciza and Consolata Ndayishimiye, in 2012. They are in charge of seven washing stations in northeastern Burundi near the borders of Rwanda and Tanzania. Our coffee is processed at the Gasura Washing Station, and grown in the Kirundo and Muyinga provinces.
The Mushroom Project
The Shamba Mushroom project was presented to Café Grumpy by Angèle Ciza in early 2015. The goal of this project is to improve the lives of the 360-member Terimbere Cooperative who are responsible for the harvesting and production of our Shamba coffee. 200 members of the cooperative are women, and Angèle strongly believes that empowering women is the key to bettering the community. With the support of Café Grumpy, project leader Jean Bosco Rugayabatinya has already given hands-on mushroom cultivation and production classes to 25 women and 20 men. He hopes to have enough resources to train 85 more co-op members this year. The direct benefits of this project are extra food for the community and organic composting material for their coffee trees. Since mushrooms have a short harvest cycle, they will also provide extra household income in coffee’s off-season.
With your support we can continue to watch this amazing project grow! $1 from the purchase of every 12oz Shamba retail bag and $.25 per cup of Shamba will go towards the goal of raising $15,000.
As of January 2017, we have donated $7000 towards the Shamba Mushroom Project. Further contributions to the project are welcome here.
12oz of whole beans.
Our premium coffee beans are roasted daily at our Greenpoint, Brooklyn roastery. We ship only whole bean coffee and do not grind the beans prior to shipping. Coffee is packaged in sealed valve bags. We roast to order!