How do people become coffee exporters? Alistair tells his saga…
Thompson and Alistair Sequeira talk about coffee and lotsa other stuff in this 2017 conversation in rural Mwakiro, Burundi coffee bears resemblance to neighboring Rwanda, in both cup character, but also the culture surrounding coffee. Burundi is a small landlocked country at the crossroads of East and Central Africa, straddling the crest of More. The conversation starts off with Alistair explaining how he transitioned his career in mechanical engineering to the coffee industry.
Alistair lives with his family in Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi and has helped us find good Burundi coffees for several years. He was director of a large coffee export office there before heading off to do his own thing in the coffee sector.
Just so you know, there are more than a few F-bombs dropped during this conversation!