We are pleased to present a beautiful coffee from the smallholders who live on Gaharo Hill, in Burundi’s Kayanza growing region. This coffee was produced by Ben and Kristy Carlson’s Long Miles Coffee Project, an altruistic business endeavor established in 2011 to improve coffee quality and the livelihoods of local coffee farmers. The Carlson family’s coffee journey began in Gaharo, where they constructed Bukeye, their first washing station, in 2013. Coffee fruit from farmers on Gaharo Hill is delivered to Bukeye where it is processed according to Long Miles strict standards.
The farmers in Gaharo helped clear the land for the washing station and even made bricks from clay found in the valley below. The same farmers who helped to build Bukeye from scratch now bring their Bourbon variety coffee cherries to it for processing. Long Miles employs six “scouts” in the Gaharo area, to help farmers reestablish abandoned farms and give growers hope for the future of coffee production. The scouts walk through Gaharo and its rolling foothills with local farmers who join them to learning more about producing high quality coffee. The scouts teach farmers to make their own organic fertilizer which helps lower acidity in the soil after generations of agricultural use. The farmers continue to grow potatoes, maize, beans, cassava and bananas to sustain their families throughout the year. Tea is also grown on Gaharo Hill, which helps with income diversification.