Mpanga washing station
Located in the Kayanza region, Mpanga washing station processes coffees from 3,400 farmers which are then separated into lots named after the surrounding hills of which they are grown. These surrounding hills are located between 1,750-1,950masl: Karurusi, Maruri, Nyangwe, Ntarambo, Nyabikaranga, Kibenga and Kinyamukizi. Mpanga Washing Station is well recognized for the complex, clean specialty coffee that come from Burundi. Mpanga is equipped with 450 drying beds and a six disc McKinnon pulping machines. Total production is about 1,500 tons of cherry per year.
Mpanga has garnered high scores in the Burundi Cup of Excellence, including 1st and 3rd place in the 2014 COE. The washing station was built in 2008 under the initiative of Jean-Clement Birabereye, who manages the mill and represents the farmers through the trading company SEGEC (Societe General d’exploitation et d’exportation du Cafe). Jean-Clement boasts an incredible resume, with more than 15 years of experience in milling.
Through SEGEC, Jean-Clement offers a premium to producers whose coffees place in competition, motivating farmers to meticulous harvesting and agricultural practices. The station prides itself on paying above market price for cherries to encourage high quality production at each harvest.
Kibenga coffees are from the Kayanze Province, Buyenzi region made of up 105 coffee producers. The average farm size per producer is 400 coffee trees and the average quantity of producing coffee per producer is 1,600kg. the Kibenga farms are part of the natural reserve forest with high mountains in Burundi and filled with young coffee plantations.