The Gitega Hills Washing Station is located in the Nyamagabe District of the southern province. It is located very close to Nyungwe Forest, a source of the Nile River and one of the best preserved montane rainforests in Central Africa.
Bernard Uwitije, a native of the area, established the Gitega Hills Station in 2015. His years of experience in the coffee field enabled him to yield very high quality in his first full year of operation. The average farm supplying to Gitega Hills is has an altitude of around 1600m.
The elevation along with the volcanic soil of the area make Gitega an excellent location for growing complex coffees. One specific area of collection is called Miko, which is made up of approximately 165 coffee farming families. The Miko farms sit between 1700-1900m and produce consistently high results in the cup.
This coffee is naturally processed, meaning dried as a whole fruit. The coffee is very fruity and has light florals. We think it tastes best as a filter coffee, but it would also make a fruit forward espresso perfect for a cappuccino.