Named for a beautiful hill near the Gitaba washing station, Ndago coffee cherries grow in soil with a rich mineral content. About 40 farmers harvest the cherries of these heritage plants, processed through the award-winning washing station, a three-time Cup of Excellence winner. This is particularly impressive, as this area only recently began cultivating coffee, with most plants around five years old.
Located in southeastern Burundi, Rutana Province is a new region for JNP Coffee selections. I first encountered these coffees when I was an observer in the 2015 Cup of Excellence competition. Beyond the successful cherries processed there in the single fermentation style, the washing station is known for the quality of its water. Drying time on African raised beds is faster in this area, typically no more than 21 days.