The Gitega Hill’s washing station is located in the Nyamagabe District of the southern province and is located very close to Nyungwe Forest and the traced source of the Nile River. The average farm supplying to Gitega is at an altitude around 1650m, and that high altitude along with the volcanic soil of the area make Gitega an excellent location for high quality processing. A major strategic area of collection is called Miko, which is made up of approximately 165 coffee farming families.
Bernard Uwitije equipped the station with a 1500kg Penagos machine, fermentation tanks, and raised drying beds in 2015. These investments, along with strong oversight, has yielded very high quality parchment in his first full year in operation which is now internationally recognised for consistent high scoring specialty naturals.