Korerikawa, Burundi
  • Region: Kayanza province, northern Burundi
  • Founded: 2011
  • Producers: 667, including 192 women
  • Certifications: Fairtrade audit expected later in 2017
  • Varieties: Bourbon
  • Soil type: Clay
  • Harvest time: April/March to July
  • Shipment time: August to November. Exported by COCOCA
  • Elevation: 1500-1750m
  • Post-harvest process: Fully-washed at central washing station (owned by the coop) with eco-friendly (water-saving) pulping machine; single fermentation (between 12 and 18 hours); soaked for 18 hours; dried on raised beds; parchment stored in ventilated warehouse; coffee pulp distributed to farmers for compost. Milled at Horamama, Kayanza 
  • Quality and the cup: Fully Washed Arabica Screen 15+. Lemon, nut, tea, bright

Summary

Originally, there were 3 cooperatives in the area where Korerikawa is now. One of them dissolved,  and started selling to a private company nearby. But the farmers at the two remaining cooperatives, Gahororo and Ramba, felt very strongly that this was not a constructive way forward, and that to bring positive change to the community, they needed to start their own washing station. The two cooperatives merged, and this was the beginning of Korerikawa.

Korerikawa is making great progress in building up the infrastructure of the washing station. They are currently working on establishing an electricity supply and water storage tanks. The farmers hope to use the Fairtrade premium to access clean drinking water for the community and help to build homes for the most vulnerable, older people.