Heza Hills Peaberry

Heza Hills Peaberry

Kayanza, Burundi

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Country: Burundi
Province: Kayanza
Collines: Gitwe, Mikuba, Nkonge, Mutana, Gishubi
Washing Station: Heza
Producers: 1413 farmers
Variety: Bourbon
Process: Washed
Elevation: 1700-2100 masl

Tasting Notes: Apricot, Black Tea, Warming Spices

Burundian coffee farms dot collines, ‘hills’ in the colonial Belgian French, and deliver coffee to their local washing stations. Each colline represents a microclimate, most with ideal coffee-growing conditions of high elevation, nitrogen-rich volcanic soil, mild temperatures, and gentle rainfall. American expats Ben & Kristy Carlson started Long Miles Coffee Project (LMCP) to ‘facilitate direct and meaningful relationships between coffee roasters and coffee growers by producing great coffee and telling the story of the farmers who grow it’ (LMCP website). This coffee comes from the second LMCP washing station, called Heza, or ‘beautiful place’ in Kirundi.

Like all coffee in Burundi, this happens to be 100% Red Bourbon, but a ‘peaberry coffee’ isn’t a variety selection like our Pink & Yellow Bourbons - it’s a bean size selection, and named for the small, round shape of a seed that developed on its own in a cherry. To create an entire lot, the skilled Long Miles sorters selected out these small, round beans from each of the 1413 farmers who delivered coffee to Heza Washing Station in 2020. 

Because one seed receives all the sugars and nutrients of the cherry, peaberries are often dense and extra sweet. In this cup you’ll notice strong stone fruit notes in both fragrance and taste, shifting from dried to fresh apricot, with elements of tart nectarine and rich plum. But this isn’t an overwhelmingly fruity coffee - those notes are balanced in the cup by warm, slightly earthy brown baking spices and floral black tea. The result is aromatic, juicy, and just begging to be iced.

Imported by: Osito Coffee