Turihamwe IWCA

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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 coffee from the Turihamwe group in Burundi is a wonderful example of ethics.

This sweet and exceptionally clean coffee hails from the Ngozi Province of Burundi, a fertile coffee-growing region along the Rwandan border, where it was produced exclusively by women in the local chapter of the International Women’s Coffee Alliance (IWCA). This group of women, who built their own wet mill by pooling their premiums, refers to themselves as Turihamwe Turashobora, which translates to “Together, we can!” in Kirundi.

At first sip, the coffee presents the honeyed, ripe, stone-fruit sweetness typical of excellent, clean coffees from East Africa. But the hard work of the women of Turihamwe is increasingly apparent as the cup cools: complex and delicate flavors such as melon, orange blossom, rosewater, and vanilla unfurl and lengthen in the aftertaste.

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.

Atlas Collection offerings are 8oz.

  • Type

    Single Origin
  • Origin

    Ngozi, Busiga, Burundi
  • Producer

    Turihamwe Group, IWCA
  • Type

    Bourbon
  • Elevation

    1,750 MASL
  • Process

    Washed
  • Cup Score

    86.5

The Story

The Ngozi region of Burundi borders Rwanda, in an area in the Great Rift Valley where it meets the African Great Lakes Region. In the north of the province, a group of seven IWCA members pooled their premiums to build the Gitemezi wet mill to control the quality of their coffee. Built for the community, in contrast to the larger, nationalized wet mills common in Burundi, the wet mill serves both male and female producers, although they do separate and process cherry grown by women. This lot comes out of that.

Success stories like the Gitemezi wet mill are a direct result of the investment JNP Coffee makes in promoting gender equity and economic development. Financial literacy training has offered a life-changing, forward-thinking perspective to sustain their coffee businesses.

A Note From Our Team

"Each Atlas Collection offering is designed to highlight one of our sourcing values, and this coffee—Burundi Turihamwe 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."

- Amaris Gutierrez-Ray, Director of Roasting

Women of Turihamwe group dancing Jeanine of JNP Coffee
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