Burundi is a small, landlocked African country located to the south of Rwanda, between the Democratic Republic of Congo to the West and Tanzania to the East.
Coffee in this country is grown mostly by smallholders, and is often wet-processed. Burundi's coffee is often said to have flavour characteristics similar to those of its Rwandan neighbour due to the geographic proximity and closely related processing methods. A number of farmer-education projects are aimed at helping to improve the quality and quantity of the nation's production, and to provide the farmers with greater stability.
Kibingo Washing Station was built in 1986 in the Kayanza Commune in the Kayanza province in the north of Burundi. It sits at an altitude of 1893 MASL, close to the Congo-Nile Crest. The washing station is known for the wooden bridge that was built over the river that runs through it. The name 'Kibingo' comes from the Kirundi word urubingo which means 'reeds'. Reeds were planted along the river to contain the water and to prevent the surrounding soils from eroding. This washing station collects cherries from over 3500 local coffee farmers spread over the 18 neighbouring colonies. During the harvest season, Kibingo processes more than 750 tons of coffee.