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Bavyevi - Burundi

Producer: Gashika Cooperative

Importer: JNP Coffee

Region: Ngozi Province Cofee

Variety: Bourbon

Processing: Dry-processed (Natural)

Dry Mill: SIVCA Mill

Elevation: 1,800 m

Crop: 2018-2019

Language of the community: Kirundi


JNP Coffee is an importer that has been constantly inspiring us to do better and to be more intentional with our green coffee sourcing policies. The company was founded by Jeanine Niyonzima-Aroian who grew up in a coffee producer family in Burundi. Her main motivation to start a coffee export & import business was to provide support programs for high-quality coffee production, gender equity, and financial literacy education to more women farmers in Burundi. Currently, JNP Coffee has been trading 100% of the coffee produced by the International Women's Coffee Alliance (IWCA) in Burundi and is an investor in the wet mills that process all of the IWCAproduced coffee in the country. Of course, Jeanine did not stop there. In 2007, she founded Burundi Friends International (https://bufri.org/), a non-profit organization that focuses on youth education and women's financial literacy and entrepreneurship. Earlier this year, Jeanine received a Katharine F. Erskine Award for “creating change in her community, opening doors for younger women and people of color, and for breaking down barriers for future generations of female leaders.”

Bavyevi has a special meaning for Jeanine as the coffee comes from the same community where her mother grew up. Stories of her mother helping the family harvest coffee cherries to cover school fees stand behind the name for this coffee. In Kirundi, “Bavyeyi” means “parents.” Remote areas of this high-altitude province are well known for quality coffee. JNP Coffee works with an experienced woman-owned cooperative (GASHIKA) to produce Bavyevi. The cooperative is lead by women and also the majority of its 600+ members are Muslim women. JNP Coffee's local Qgrader regularly travels to visit the community to exchange ideas with the farmers on best practices to improve harvesting and post-harvest processing methods. Following the post-harvest processing, the beans are milled at SIVCA dry mill in which JNP Coffee is a stakeholder. Long story short, Bavyevi is a thoughtful, traceable, equitable, empowering, and sustainable coffee.

Last but not least, Bavyevi tastes like fresh cherries and has a creamy body with medium acidity. We enjoy it best with pour-over methods, especially when brewed with a long bloom and on the lower end of the temperature spectrum.

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