Ngogomo is one of the main washing stations in the province of Muyinga. It was constructed in 1992 and today serves more than 1,800 farmers from 18 hills. Ngogomo also participates in a number of farmer outreach and support projects include a goat and pig project, Farmer Hub, strengthening cooperatives and distributing fertilizer and coffee trees.
All coffee trees in Burundi are Red Bourbon, which is tightly controlled by the government for reasons of quality. Despite the ubiquity of coffee growing in Burundi, each smallholder producers a relatively small harvest. The average smallholder has approximately 250 trees, normally in their backyards. Each tree yields an average of 1.5 kilos of cherry so the average producer sells about 200-300 kilos of cherry annually.
Approximately 70% of the total coffee yield in Burundi is processed as fully washed, like this lot. The coffee is fermented in water from a nearby stream for 10-12 hours, depending on ambient temperature. Trained agronomists check the beans by hand regularly to ensure fermentation is halted at the perfect time. After fermentation is completed, the coffee is run through washing and grading canals. The beans are then transported to the drying tables where they will dry slowly for 2-3 weeks. Pickers go over the drying beans for damaged or defective beans that may have been missed in previous quality checks. The traceability of the station and quality is maintained throughout the entire process.