Gakenke station currently has 2,685 registered farmer members, spread over 22 hills in the Gatare commune of the Kayanza province. Each farmer typically has an average of 250 trees.
In Burundi, farmers can typically reach washing stations within a radius of 3km. If the washing station is further away, farmers will usually sell to a middleman, often at a disadvantage. To prevent this, Gakenke and other similar stations have multiple collection points. These centers allow farmers even up to nine kilometers away to work with them without compromising the quality of the coffee.
Built in 1991, Gakenke washing station is vast, and with 224 drying beds, it can process up to 750 metric tons per season. The station also comprises two flotation tanks, ten fermentation tanks, and two soaking tanks. The drying field has 150 raised beds.
Better yet, Gakenke participates in a number of farmer outreach and support projects, which range from their ‘goat and pig project’, providing coffee farming families with livestock and education for food and fertilizer; to Farmer Hub, a project to include grocery stores at their stations, offering their partners with subsidized groceries; to investing in neighbouring schools and providing health insurance to their members.
We’re proud to not only feature this beautiful coffee and support the good work of Gakenke, but also use it to give back to the local community here in Australia.
Roasted by our talented friends at Locale Coffee Roasters, $2 from every 250g sold will be donated to Children’s Ground - Locale’s social impact partner for this quarter. Displaying flavour notes of strawberry, grapefruit, red grapes and jasmine, this is a coffee not to be missed!
Burundi, Gakenke Filter (Natural) - 250g
Region: Kayanza, Burundi
Station: Gakenke Washing Station
Producers: 2, 667 smallholder farmers
Altitude: 1500 - 1800 masl
Varieties: Red Bourbon