Karehe IWCA

$13.00

lemongrass, dried apricot, pineapple

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The Atlas Collection is a line of limited-release coffees intended to highlight our sourcing values—quality, ethics, collaboration, and integrity—our tools for exploring the complex world of coffee. This microlot from the Karehe washing station in Burundi perfectly embodies the value of ethics.

Our second Atlas Collection release comes to us through importer Jeanine Niyonzima-Aroian of JNP Coffee, whose work to promote gender equity, financial literacy, and community empowerment is truly inspiring. The Karehe washing station is situated in the Ngozi province of northern Burundi near the Rwandan border, where smallholder farmers deliver cherry they’ve grown in the surrounding “collines” (hills) of Busiga. This particular microlot was grown by female producers who are members of the Burundi chapter of the International Women’s Coffee Alliance.

JNP sponsors this chapter and underwrites every purchase of a lot separated out to be women’s coffees—meaning that JNP purchases, markets, and imports the coffee on behalf of this group of female producers no matter what washing station they work with. Karehe washing station, which has often placed in the Burundi Cup of Excellence in the past few years, was one of the mini-washing stations that has collaborated with JNP and the IWCA chapter in this way.

Though this coffee’s tropical acidity is vibrant and pleasing, its winning quality comes from the high level of sweetness and dried fruit flavors characteristic of carefully produced East African coffees.

  • Type

    Single Origin
  • Origin

    Ngozi, Busiga, Burundi
  • Producer

    Karehe Washing Station - International Women's Coffee Alliance (IWCA)
  • Type

    Bourbon
  • Elevation

    1760 MASL
  • Process

    Washed
  • Type

    86

A Note from Our Relationship Manager

From Amaris Gutierrez-Ray, Director of Roasting

I met Jeanine Niyonzima-Aroian, founder of importer JNP Coffee, at a talk about women in coffee at the New York Coffee Festival in October 2019. She shared some samples with me and we began to talk about her focus on gender equity in Burundi. Jeanine grew up in Burundi, and her mother’s family is from the coffee-growing region of Ngozi province. Her family’s priority was education–and in pursuit of a good education, Jeanine ended up in the US, earning an MBA at Northwestern University. Her career in international business eventually led her back home to Burundi. She founded JNP Coffee in 2012.

Jeanine of JNP Coffee

It’s through Jeanine that we are able to present this next installment of our Atlas Collection, a micro-lot from the Karehe washing station in Burundi. Each Atlas Collection offering is designed to highlight one of our sourcing values, and this coffee—Burundi Karehe IWCA—perfectly embodies our sourcing value of ethics.

For us, ethics in sourcing can be defined as having a positive impact on the supply stream and 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 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.

Learn more. Download our Atlas Collection Karehe IWCA Infosheet [PDF] >>