Burundi Turihamwe IWCA


apple blossom, candied grapefruit, apricot


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“Together, we can!” As both the chosen name—Turihamwe Turashobora, in Kirundi—and rallying cry of the all-women producer group behind this exceptional coffee from Ngozi, Burundi, it comes as no surprise that the group’s communal spirit and dedication are readily apparent in each complex, delicate sip.

Early notes of florals and citrus transform into something greater than just the sum of its parts—juicy peach, berry jam, and grounding grapefruit remind us of the extraordinary quality achievable through the coming-together of this powerful community of women growers.

We’re proud to source this coffee through Jeanine Niyonzima-Aroian of JNP Coffee, whose work to prioritize gender equity, financial literacy, and community empowerment in Burundi has a tangible and meaningful impact on the communities she touches. To learn more about Jeanine, read our interview here.

  • Type

    Single Origin
  • Origin

    Ngozi, Busiga, Burundi
  • Producer

    Turihamwe Group, IWCA
  • Type

  • Elevation

    1,750 MASL
  • Process


The Story

In the Ngozi region of Burundi, a group of seven IWCA members were able to pool funds to build their very own wet mill, both a source of pride and way to control the quality of their coffee, even through processing. Now in its fourth year of operation, the wet mill—called Gitemezi—has steadily increased capacity to serve their community, while standing in contrast to the larger nationalized wet mills that are more common in the country.

Even through current-day challenges, Jeanine from JNP remains optimistic about the future of specialty coffee in her home country:

Burundi map hand drawn
“I don’t see any other way. In places like Burundi, women are the ones working the land, taking care of the coffee trees among other crops. If we want to sustain the coffee industry, we need to emphasize quality, pay good money for it, and bring in other programs to allow farmers to diversify their crops and income, in addition to education. Also, in places like Burundi, the harvest is small and with the right support, the opportunity to produce mostly specialty grade-coffee every year is very attainable.”

A Note From Our Team

"In the past, we have released this coffee as an installment of the Atlas Collection, which we utilize to showcase values as inextricable with quality in the supply streams where we work. For us, this coffee is a perfect embodiment of ethics—which, in sourcing, we define as having a positive impact on the supply stream, while prompting our logistics partners to be open about their intentions for their work. By asking these questions, we can choose to work with trusted partners who are working to benefit the people in the region where the coffee is grown, and even discover our own pathways to participate. The pursuit of ethics in sourcing involves constant learning, inviting our logistics partners to play a part in the value of this partnership, and active accountability by all parties involved.

Jeanine’s work at JNP Coffee truly embodies this value and resounded with us on so many levels. This coffee speaks to every aspect of Jeanine’s work to uplift and empower the communities where she works in Burundi."

- Amaris Gutierrez-Ray, Senior Director of Coffee & Roasting

Women of Turihamwe group dancing Jeanine of JNP Coffee
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