Our Small Batch Series is a program of limited offerings that features hyper-seasonal, highly traceable, and really tasty coffees. Our current offering is from Burundi’s Yagikawa Co-op.
Yagikawa, which means “talk about coffee,” is a co-operative of 811 members that formed in 2007 and today is one of the oldest farmer co-ops in the country, operating in Kayanza province as a strong association with a very tight-knit community.
Yagikawa was formed in response to the increasing pressure of privatization in the coffee sector as a way to financially compete with larger private investors by giving them more direct access to the market and avoiding intermediaries. In 2014, the co-op was able to build its own washing station to reduce the long distances its members had to walk to deliver their cherry. The realization of that goal then led to the development of a union with a number of other co-ops, called COCOCA (Consortium of Coffee Growers Cooperatives), which is an umbrella association responsible for marketing and commercialization of their member co-op’s coffees. COCOCA now has its own dry mill named “Horamama,” meaning “Cheer Up!” We hope this limited offering has the same effect on you!
Farm/Estate/Co-op: Yagikawa Growing Region: Kayanza province, Matongo commune Variety: Bourbon Growing Altitude: 1,750–1,900 MASL Certifications: Fairtrade Processing Type: Fully Washed, Screen 15+ Tasting Notes: Strawberry, Blood Orange, Dark Chocolate, Cacao Nib, Cranberry, Plum, Fig, and Cedar Caffeine Removal: Swiss Water® Process
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