BURUNDI GATARE MASHA
TASTES OF RAW SUGAR • APRICOT JAM• HONEYSUCKLE
GATARA COMMUNE, KAYANZA PROVINCE. WASHED PROCESS, BOURBON VARIETY, SUN-DRIED ON RAISED BEDS.
Masha Station is a coffee cherry collection site located in Gatare Commune, Kayanza, Burundi's northern province that borders neighboring Rwanda. The washing station acts as a central delivery site for a few thousand small holder famers who occupy the hills surrounding Masha. Farmers grow mostly older bourbon types, the original coffee cultivar introduced to the area in the 1930s by Catholic monks traveling from the island of Reunion. Masha coffee washing station sits at just under 1700 meters above sea level, and many of the farmers have coffee planted much higher than this. They've been around since 1989, and in 2012 were top placement in Burundi Cup of Excellence competition.