The Kayanza washing stations are a privately owned by Greenco who employ local managers to manage the stations throughout the year and employ seasonal workers from the surrounding area through the harvest season. Each washing station employs 3 to 5 permanent workers and is run by a manager who is also the agronomist who provides farming advice to the local communities. The average pay for the regular workers is 300,000 Burundian Francs per month. This is double the pay of other competing washing stations in the area, and managers are provided housing with electricity, a motor vehicle. The washing station encourages producers to pick and deliver only the ripest cherries. Prior to coffee being delivered to the mill, the washing station has a pre-delivery area where producers float, hand sort, and float again, their cherry before delivery to the mill.
Cherry is weighed, and producers receive a payment equivalent to the local market rate. They are then paid a quality premium at the end of the season. Nemba was built in 1991 and purchases cherry from 3171 farmers off 435 acres of land surrounding the washing station. Nemba has placed in several Cup of Excellence competitions, in 2013 it placed 2nd, in 2014 placed 11th and in 2015 placed 1st winning the overall competition. This is the second year our partners have produced a natural processed coffee. This unique flavour profile is a first for Burundi and is an exciting development for Burundian specialty coffee, with only a few smaller exporters having produced natural processed coffee prior to this. Coffee is delivered to the washing and hand sorted and floated by producers, cherry is then laid out on African drying beds where it is constantly stirred and moved throughout the day to ensure even drying and is covered in large plastic sheets in the evening to preserve the warmth in the cool of the night.