You have to cross over three rivers and pass by two province borders to reach Bumba hill. The farming communities that call Bumba home are far beyond the reach of clean drinking water and electricity. Coffee is the most important crop grown on the hill, closely competing with corn and beans. Step closer to the center of the hill and you’ll find a local market where people sell baskets full of freshly harvested crops and trade other household essentials. Only one primary school stands tall on Bumba hill.
PROCESSING DETAILS Year after year, we have met challenge after challenge trying to bring a washing station closer to Bumba hill. Coffee farmers from Bumba have been delivering their cherries to Bukeye Washing Station or the nearest Long Miles collection point, travelling more than three hours by foot. This year, we’re hoping to see that change. We bought a piece of land a stone’s throw away from Bumba, cleared it and have constructed traditional African raised drying tables. Coffee farmers will walk or bicycle the day’s harvest of cherry to the Ninga Washing Station delivery site. During the natural process, coffee cherries are floated and hand-sorted, then taken straight to the drying tables. The whole coffee cherry spends between twenty-five to thirty days drying in its skin, slowly turning from deep red to a prune-like purple-black color when fully dry, reaching a 10.5% moisture level.