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Fly little beans, just fly away
August has gone by in a rush! Once again, times flies here in Burundi...
Almost unnoticed, the milling activities are now on fire and our coffees are
getting prepared to be shipped all over the world. One last effort and soon
we will be celebrating the success of the 2019 season!

Have you started packing your stuff yet?
The export season has officially begun! After sharing a long journey with us,
our coffee beans will soon start leaving Burundi to discover the world that
awaits them. Kindly treated and processed in Budeca, our dry mill located
in Gitega, the coffee beans still have a long journey ahead. There are many
steps they will have to take to reach their final destination: handpicking,
weighing, bagging, export docs, loading, touring Burundi and Tanzania,
stevedoring in Dar es Salaam, boat trip, unshedding, transport to the
customer, unloading... And the journey has only just begun! We wish we
could see our clients´ faces when our coffee arrives after travelling halfway
around the world!

Make the cash rain again!

May came with the first payment to our farmers. This time, August has
arrived with the second and final payment of the 2019 season. No doubt
our farmers have worked very hard in order to provide us with the best
cherries possible. However, even if the cherry-buying season is over, it´s
not vacation time yet: our work with farmers is far from done! Indeed, our
CWS managers, who are all agronomists, take advantage of the offseason to run different awareness & good agricultural practices
workshops with our farmers. There is always something to do if you want
to keep getting better!

From all over the place to Burundi...

Our Aussie friends Mike and Nile from Proud Mary travelled more than
12,000 km to visit us! We had the chance to visit some stations, to enjoy a
couple of good cupping sessions, and we also shared some good stories...
We were having such a great time that we even invited them to play a
badminton game in our house, although we don't know if this amused them
so much (spoiler alert: Australia was beaten by Burundi for the first time in
history - we couldn't be such good hosts in everything, but don't worry
guys: maybe next year?). Thanks to this visit, we can now officially state that
we have received visitors from the 5 continents this season!

The 7th edition of Cup of Excellence in Burundi was held this last month.
Coffee experts from all over the globe came to the heart of Africa in order to
discover (and judge) the incredible flavors our origin has to offer.
After a few intense days, Nolan from Proud Mary, Freda from Origin Coffee
Roasters, Matt from Hundred House Coffee and Aaron from Skytop decided
to take a small break and visit us in our office. Water accessibility, social
development, coffee value chain analysis and Burundi's cup profiles were
just some of the topics we discussed while enjoying a good (one
more) Burundian coffee.
For some of them, it was their very first time visiting our country, and that's
why we decided to take them to visit the dry mill so that they could see the
different processes coffee goes through before leaving Burundi.

Roberto from Kilimanjaro Specialty Coffees completed this last round of
visits. This Chilean based in Spain began to take an interest in coffee while
living in Australia and New Zealand. After years in the industry, he decided
to start his own business in Barcelona. His passion for African coffees has
allowed him to visit most of the coffee-producing countries in the continent,
and Burundi has not been an exception. These first-hand experiences have
led him to acquire a wide understanding of the local and direct impact that
coffee has on farmers´ daily lives, and the potential that goes with it.
After his visit, Roberto has decided to include Burundi for the first time in his
broad African coffee menu! We are very happy to announce that our coffee
will now be even more spread out through Europe thanks to
Kilimanjaro´s offices in Barcelona and Budapest. Greenco's expansion is on
its way!

And from Burundi to the world!
Our last samples for 2019 crop are still available! Just drop us an email if
you're interested in receiving some before it's too late!

I want samples!

Carlos' Words
Coffee milling is in full swing so we will soon be able to say that the
2019 season is coming to an end. Thanks to a collaborative and hardworking mindset we have been able to overcome all the difficulties we
have encountered along the way. I couldn't be happier of all the work
we have done so far and, with one last effort, we will make this year a
success once again!
This last month has been a whirlwind in the most beautiful way. There's
so much to be grateful for. Listing a few things that come to the top of
my mind as I type: I'm grateful for the trust placed in us by our clients,
for the visits received from old and new friends who came from so far
away, for the hard work of all the dry mill staff to have our coffees ready
on time, for the dedication of all the Greenco team at the stations to
train our farmers and give them hope through coffee... Nelson Mandela
said that "education is the most powerful weapon which you can use
to change the world". We could not agree more, and we also take the
opportunity to give thanks for everything we learn daily from our
colleagues, our clients, our farmers... A day without learning is a day
without living!
Next month, we'll be back with more news, more impact projects and,
of course, with more coffee! Stay tuned, something big is coming!

< Signature Carlos Bobillo Barbeito ” > < “ signatureCBB >

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