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Grand Cru Burundi, the most exquisite micro-lot coffees of Burundi. 

2023-2024 Harvest

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ABOUT THE COFFEE

Our Grand Cru Burundi coffees are the best of the new harvest, selected for their exquisite quality and terroir. These exclusive Grand Cru Burundi coffees score between 87 and 92 and include washed Bourbon coffees, prized for their citrusy flavor and sparkling acidity, and Bourbon naturals, known for their sweet and complex flavors of stone fruits. All are small micro-lots. Inquire for quantity and pricing.

The people behind these exceptional coffees

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Celebrating Women Growers.

In Burundi, coffee farms are small and may have as few as five coffee plants or as many as fifty. These many small farms are cared for mostly by women—particularly uneducated women, who are considered an undervalued resource, as they are in most poor countries. Our founder, Jeanine Niyonzima-Aroian, has a special understanding of the challenges of women in Burundi. She was born and raised there and her mother’s family had a small coffee crop that earned enough money to send her mother and her siblings to school. Jeanine explains, “Most Burundians attend only elementary school, and only 2% receive a degree in higher education. I was one of the lucky ones,” she says, “I received an education and earned both a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in International Business from Universities in the United States. When I started JNP Coffee, I wanted to create a better model for the coffee business, to work with the women growers as partners.”

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Jeanine
Niyonzima-Aroian

Founder of JNP Coffee

Hello! I’m Jeanine Niyonzima, founder of JNP Coffee, a direct trade company that represents more than 10,000 coffee farming families in Burundi.

I founded JNP Coffee in 2012 with a dream to empower coffee farmers in my home country, Burundi. Our business model is driven by quality coffee based on strong producer partnerships and shared knowledge in pursuit of several United Nations sustainable development goals.

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Bavyeyi

Grand Cru Burundi Coffee

Bavyeyi coffees are grown in the rich volcanic soil of a remote mountain area of northern Burundi in Ngozi Province, an area famous for its excellent coffees. The conditions in this region are perfect for producing distinctly high quality coffees and JNP Coffee works with an experienced group of farmers, many of whom are Muslim women. These farmers collaborate enthusiastically with the JNP Q-grader when she visits their farms, understanding that quality can mean empowerment. Bavyeyi coffee was named by Jeanine in honor of her own mother who grew up in Ngozi and helped her family grow coffee. Bavyeyi means "parents" in Kirundi.

101

Score

Available

Fully Washed

87.5

Complex acidity with notes of dried fruit, floral, fresh herbs with nuanced fruit

30 kg

Bavyeyi

102

Score

Available

Fully Washed

87.5

Complex acidity with citrus anf floral notes with nuanced fruit

30 kg

Bavyeyi

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Bahire

Grand Cru Burundi Coffee

Bahire, a new coffee discovery! For years Jeanine saw that there was one coffee from Ngozi Province that consistently scored higher than all the other fine coffees from that region. Feeling her kinship for Ngozi, afterall her mother was born and raised there, she set out to find that coffee. It took some work, but she finally found the hill where this special coffee was growing and she was in awe of the differentiation that terroir can make in coffee. JNP Coffee now works with the farmers of Bahire. Bahire means "be well" in Kirundi.

131

Score

Available

Fully Washed

87

Vibrant acidity of red currants and raspberry with an aftertaste of rose

30 kg

Bahire

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Akeza

Grand Cru Burundi Coffee

Akeza is another exceptional coffee grown in a notably remote area of Kayanza Province. On Jeanine's first visit, it was raining and the roads were steep. She remembered the 4 x 4 truck in front of them kept sliding backwards down the hill. She promised herself she was never coming back. After meeting the farmers and tasting the coffees, she realized that sometimes the most difficult places are the best. She worked with a local authority to get a better road. The first year with JNP Coffee, they produced beautiful naturals only. The second year, JNP Coffee partnered with them to build a wet mill and buy pulping machines. Again with this new harvest, their both their natural and washed coffees are exceptional. Akeza means "beautiful" in Kirundi.

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Score

Available

Natural

88.5

Vibrant acidity of red currants and raspberry with an aftertaste of rose

3 bags

Akeza II

Mix 1

Score

Available

Fully Washed

87.5

Blueberry and white peach flavors with the refreshing acidity of lime

9 bags

Akeza

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Turihamwe

Grand Cru Burundi Coffee

The proud women farmers of Turihamwe coffee truly embody the spirit of entrepreneurship. They have been growing coffee in Kayanza Province for about five years and have devoted themselves to attaining quality and to building a sustainable future for their families and their community, a future that they see is possible because of their partnership with JNP Coffee. For several years they worked together, studied together, and saved their Dushinme® premiums together. Soon they had enough money to build their own wet mill, which they did themselves. Now they control the quality of their coffee beyond the harvest and through the critical processing steps. The name Turihamwe, was chosen by the women themselves. It means "together" in Kirundi.

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Score

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Fully Washed

89

Yellow fruits and spice featuring a heavy body with notes of orange, plum and white peach. Tropical notes.

4 bags

Turihamwe

Hafi

Grand Cru Burundi Coffee

The remotest of the remote! That's often where you find the prize. In the hills of Muyinga Province, the farmers of Hafi coffee would face more than a day's journey if they tried to deliver their freshly harvested coffees to the nearest wet mill. That's why, until this year, all Hafi coffees were naturally processed. It was even difficult for JNP Coffee to visit them as it's a six hour journey from the capital, if the roads aren't washed out. Jeanine did visit though and what she found was that these farmers in their remoteness had become masters of the natural process. The had developed a 72-hour anaerobic process for closing the coffee cherries in raised beds. This controlled fermentation adds a jamminess to the coffee as well as other wonderfully complex multi-layered flavors. Hafi is named for the farmers desire to have a washing station nearby. Hafi means "near" in Kirundi.

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Hafi

Score

92

Available

3 bags

Natural

Very sweet and clean with notes of orange, passion fruit, apricot nectar, honey and tangerine. An exotic and beautifully balanced coffee with snappy acidity.

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Hafi

Score

88.5

Available

3 bags

Natural

Floral perfume of rose and chamomile. A Viognier wine-like taste with notes of butter and lemon grass. Bright acidity of green grapes, a viscus body and luscious mouthfeel and finish.

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BURUNDI

Burundi is a small country located in the Great Lakes region of East Africa. Warm days, cool nights and its rich volcanic soil promote its agricultural economy. Coffee production supports thousands of families and their local communities.  


Thanks to its fertile and mountainous regions, Burundi's coffee crops can grow at exceptional altitudes, from 1,200 to 1,950 meters (3,937 to 6,397 feet) above sea level. This is a key ingredient to achieving the bright acidity, sweet, complex and full body you find in a cup of Burundi coffee.

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