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Joining forces with our friends at Common Man Coffee Roasters, we’re getting behind our partners at Long Miles Coffee Project in a powerful project aiming to extend the Kibira Rainforest in North-western Burundi. The proposed green belts will protect the exposed micro climates from increasing climate change affects, ensuring farmers’ future livelihoods through crop stability, including ongoing quality coffee.

 

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The Situation

Over the past 5 years, we’ve been purchasing coffee from the team at Long Miles Coffee Project and have been excited to see the quality step up year on year. During harvest visits, we’ve also been inspired to see the positive impact that the team have been actively pursuing – and achieving – on the ground in Burundi. Along with being a reliable and transparent partner to the hundreds of farming families delivering to their washing stations, they’ve notably established their Coffee Scouts programme, providing invaluable agricultural support providing very tangible results for farmers through increased quality and productivity.

But Burundi is facing a severe threat with changing environmental conditions. Some projections show that within the next couple of decades, more than 60% of possible coffee land could be unfarmable. Wide spread clearing and intensive farming has exposed the coffee nurturing micro-climates to the increasing effects of climate change and resulted in poor soil health. With coffee making up 59% of export earnings for Burundi, you can see that this could be a terrible situation for one of the world’s poorest countries!

The Plan

The Kibira Rainforest is a 40,000 hectare high elevation rainforest running along the top of the Congo-Nile ranges which the coffee growing region of Kayanza nestles up against. Long Miles Coffee Project is partnering with the international Arbor Day Foundation to embark upon a reforestation project extending native species of the rainforest through green belts wrapping around and through the coffee producing communities of Kayanza. Simultaneously building soil health and bolstering the microclimates against predicted temperature change, these fingers of green will also provide fuel and crop support.

While the full reforestation is a long ranging vision, the initial stage is to establish a Forest Scouts programme and plant 15,000 seedlings in the coming 12 months. The Forest Scouts program looks at hiring local community members and equipping them with knowledge and skills in agronomy to empower them to establish and maintain the new green belts.

The Progress

Fundraising is underway! Get involved in an event or donate directly via Chuffed!

Coffee Day: Trees for Kibira

[Completed]

WA | SA | NSW | VIC

We’ve teamed up with our amazing cafe family below – all you need to do is enjoy a coffee!

Western Australia

Howdy Coffee | @howdycoffee
11 King William St, Bayswater

Hush Specialty Coffee | @hushspecialtycoffee
68 High St, Fremantle

Victoria

Three Bags Full | @threebagsfullmelb
60 Nicholson St, Abbotsford

Touchwood | @touchwoodcafe
480 Bridge Rd, Richmond

New South Wales

West Juliett | @westjuliettcafe
30 Llewellyn St, Marrickville

Regiment | @regimentcbd
333 George St, Sydney

South Australia

Drummer Boy Cafe | @drummerboy_cafe
132 St Vincent St, Port Adelaide

Whistle & Flute | @whistle_n_flute
136 Greenhill Rd, Unley

Queensland

Bunker Coffee | @bunkercoffee
21 Railway Terrace, Milton

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Fruit Forward Collection

[Completed]

Australia

Delicious coffees like these are only possible if the environmental and economic conditions are sustainable for the farmers responsible for them. The Kayanza region of Burundi, where these coffees come from, is in real danger of becoming unviable for specialty coffee in the near future due to climate impact and poor soil health. That’s why we’re putting 100% of the profits from this kit towards the ambitious Trees for Kibira reforestation project. Big thanks for supporting this important cause!

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Curated Cupping: Magical flavours from Eastern Africa

[Completed]

WA | NSW | VIC | SA

5:30pm, Thursday 31 May

Join us in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth to cup some of the latest arrivals from Burundi and our other East African partners. Gold coin donations go towards Trees for Kibira!

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If you’re based in south east Asia (or know of others who are), our friends at Common Man Coffee Roasters are running some excellent events:

Burundi Curated Cupping [Completed]

Singapore

6.30pm, Thurs 10th May 2018

Join Common Man Coffee Roasters for a tasting session of some delicious brews from Long Miles Coffee Project.

Common Man Coffee,
22 Martin Road,
Singapore

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Clothes Swap [Completed]

Singapore

6.30pm Friday 11th May 2018

Bring your unwanted clothes and swap them for something new! $15 entry fee, nibbles provided and discounted drinks. Any leftover clothes will be donated to Sumatran coffee farmers.

Common Man Stan
11 – 12 Stanley Street,
Singapore

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Coffee Day Fundraiser [Completed]

Singapore Malaysia

12th May 2018

Buy a coffee and support Trees for Kibira.

Full list of participating cafes here: Trees For Kibira: Coffee Day!

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