006: Brew Bar: Huckleberry Roaster's - Burundi Ninga x Long Miles Coffee Project.

Our current offering on brew bar is something a little bit special.

All the way from Denver in the USA we’ve got a UK exclusive from Huckleberry Roasters!

Those of you who follow us closely will know that we place great importance here at Swan Song in highlighting and discussing the very real threat our industry (and the planet for that matter) are facing in a warming world.

As well as wanting to offer you guys something a little bit different we also put a lot of careful research into the selection of our suppliers and how we hope to showcase some of the initiatives underway to safeguard the future of our morning brew.

Huck first came to our attention through their work in Burundi with the Long Miles Coffee Project and the collaboration with Department of Brewlogy.

Burundi has produced coffee for a long time, but the country's progression towards producing high quality specialty coffee was halted in the 1990s and early 2000s by political unrest and ethnic violence spilling over the border from Rwanda, during and after that country's genocide.

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Long Miles is the name given to a family run washing station and exporter established in 2013 in the Muramvya Province of Burundi. Thiswas founded by Ben and Kristy Carlson, Americans living in Burundi. By working alongside and educating local farmers the station has been able to increase productivity and quality to ensure a better and more sustainable income year on year.

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They have also set in motion creative initiatives to mitigate the effects that climate change is already having on harvests and the local environment in one of the poorest counties on the planet.

By showcasing projects such as these we hope to draw attention to the choices we can all make as consumers in our buying habits. Let’s support those who are helping to secure the future.

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Drink less, spend more.

- Andy Farrington.