“If you want to develop Burundi, you develop the women” Angèle CizaIn 2012, Angèle Ciza decided to go into the coffee business with a friend. Together they purchased a number of washing stations, hoping to work in closer partnership with growers as a means to begin processing some of the best coffees in the country. Today it’s clear that Ciza (now the sole proprietor) has succeed in her goal, and her company, Kalico (short for Kahawa Link Company), is synonymous with specialty coffee in Burundi. With a heavy emphasis on education and outreach on topics such as plant nurseries to picking, the quality of the coffees produced with Kalico’s partnership has improved—along with the prices paid to farmers. Ciza has continued to invest in training, environmental protection, micro-finance, and other social infrastructures such as a scholarship program to pay for school fees for young girls. This coffee, named Rotheca Project, is a partnership between Kalico, Phyllis Johnson of BD Imports, and RGC importers, and was organized to combat poverty and support women-produced coffee in Burundi. It not only represents the quality Burundi has to offer, but also illustrates the leadership and perseverance of Ciza, whose work has uplifted thousands of farmers and continues to be a source of inspiration, especially for women—who own or manage almost 80% of Burundi’s farms. This lot comes from the Butihinda Washing Station, which uses water sourced from Rushombo Mountain and manages processing for approximately 1400 smallholder producers. This coffee was processed using a 14 hour fermentation and is made up of Red Bourbon coffee grown at 1,500–1,800 meters above sea level. In the cup, we find notes of brown sugar, dark chocolate, pomegranate, black tea, and strawberry.
Like all our Small Batch Series offerings, Rotheca Project is a truly special coffee we are confident you’ll love.Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about this unique coffee and for more information about upcoming offerings.