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Businde—Natural Red Bourbon

Regular price$20.00 Sale price

Businde—Natural Red Bourbon

Regular price$20.00 Sale price
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LOGANBERRY  /  DATES  /  COLA

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The flavour profile of this natural coffee is reminisce of loganberries, think of a cross between raspberries and blackberries, it is sweet and coating. You'll find a syrupy mouthfeel, like a molasses or warmed honey texture. Though the body is quite heavy, there's also a playfulness that presents as a lightly sparkling acidity and cola-like refreshment.

Varietal Red Bourbon
Process Natural
Farm Businde Community
Producer Matsitsi Trading Co.
Geography
Kayanza District, Burundi
Rosso Direct  

Businde is a community washing station (CWS) that's been in operation since 2011. In its second year of operation, it was awarded the COE (Cup of Excellence) for the country of Burundi. This is the top prize awarded throughout coffee-producing countries. Businde has been in the top 5 numerous times.

The region surrounding Businde has numerous villages where locals produce coffee in their backyards. The coffee cultivated in these villages are fascinating to see. The majority of the plants surrounding homes and mixed with other agricultural crops, are utilized for day to day consumption. With very little access to pesticides or artificial fertilizers, these plants all thrive with a very jungle-like appearance. Businde has begun a program where they disperse coffee pulp for fertilizers and seedlings to nearby farms.

The coffee grown in Burundi is mostly grown in backyard gardens and small plot farms. On these farms, a mix of plant species grow in harmony and, at different times in the year, come into ripeness. In the western world, this is called agro-forestry, where all the crops work in a symbiotic manner and provide different nutrients for the soils and for one another. On our last visit we saw coffee planted among mangos, avocado, citrus, squash, etc. A very natural and very organic style of farming.

Near Businde is a Twa village, which is the least populated of the ethnic groups in Rwanda and Burundi, after the Hutu and Tutsi. In Rwanda, these ethnic groups are no longer acknowledged and all citizens are Rwandese. In Burundi, there is still segregation amongst ethnic groups. Twa communities are amongst the poorest when it comes to wealth inequality. Businde CWS works with the Twa Village and purchases their coffees at the same rates as other nearby communities.

Zuberi Matsitsi, the owner of Businde CWS, is a very generous man. We have spent time together in Burundi in 2018 and 2019, as well as attended a wedding of a mutual friend that occurred in India in early 2020. Zuberi is very focused on growing volumes, sustainably, while paying the local farmers a premium for their cherries, producing only the top quality coffee on the market. This year, he paid producers a premium that was 20% above the local market's. His staff also received 60% higher wages.

Once your order is received, it will be processed and shipped in 1-3 days.

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We source directly from producers when we can to make sure the most profit gets to the farmer. Our sourcing values are shown through our icons on each of our coffee labels and on the back of our coffee bags.

Our 340g and 2lb coffee bags are made entirely of from plant materials and breakdown in a relatively short period of time.

Can I put my used bag in the city compost?
Putting these bags in the city of Calgary's compost is not recommended, due to the current processing facility. However, you can compost the outer lining in a healthy home compost (see further down the page for for info).

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These bags will break down 90% faster in the landfill than the majority of coffee bags on the market.

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Composting Biotrē Bags

Biotre bags are made 100% from plant based material.

Biotre bags are made 100% from plant based material.

Both the manufacturing and disposing process is better for the environment.

You can compost the outer lining in a healthy home compost, which will break down within 12 weeks.

You can compost the outer lining in a healthy home compost, which will break down within 12 weeks.

Dispose of the sugar cane lining in the garbage afterward where it will continue to break down.

Dispose of the sugar cane lining in the garbage afterward where it will continue to break down.

After 12 weeks, only the inner lining should be left.