IBUCO, with a washing station located at an altitude of 1700 meters and coffee grown to an altitude of 2,000 meters, supports the local community coffee farmers who previously were required to sell their coffee at a discount to buyers who would truck the coffee off to far away washing stations. If coffee is not “washed” within 8 to 10 hours of harvest, the quality begins to deteriorate. With the new IBUCO washing station, the coffee of Mutoyi farmers will be processed within hours of being picked. Mutoyi coffee farmers now have access to a local washing station where they will receive a fair price for their coffee and the promise to share in the proceeds coming from the production and sale of specialty coffee that succeeds in securing a superior price.
Specialty coffee is not produced in large quantities with an unknown origin. IBUCO has the capacity to trace smaller quantities of specialty coffee to the local “colline” or “hill” in Mutoyi, Burundi, in the heart of Africa. The precise origin of the coffee is known, along with the local farmers who have produced the particular coffee.