Epic. Seasonal. Crafted.
Heza means ‘beautiful place’ in Kirundi, the local language of Burundi. With panoramic views and an ever-changing East African sky, this washing station lives up to its name.
Heza is the second washing station built by Ben and Kristy Carlson, an American family who see the potential of Burundi coffee and its farmers and set up the Long Miles Coffee Project, their farmer focused initiative. http://www.longmilescoffeeproject.com/
The LMCP Heza washing station has over 90 committed employees, most of whom call the surrounding coffee hills home. They work tirelessly, in and out of season, to produce the best quality coffee possible. A team of over thirty dedicated employees responsible for cherry selection, quality monitoring, farmer reception and coffee production. They also have sixty women devoted to extensive quality control and artisanal curation of coffee parchment.
Heza is built into the face of a cliff overlooking the Kibira rainforest; the border of Burundi and Rwanda. The rainforest looms only 2.4 miles in the distance. The exceptionally high altitude, moderate climate and close proximity to Kibira bring out the best in the coffee both on the trees and at the station.
Heza cherries are washed with locally sourced mineral water. Heza has two springs which channel rainforest water down the hills to the station. Crystal-clear spring water is stored at the station and used to pulp, ferment and rinse coffee cherry. Coffee at Heza undergoes two twelve hour cycles in fermentation tanks and spends a further six hours being rinsed. Heza’s unique ‘bowl’ location provides natural air circulation and controls drying time. Coffee parchment spends two days on pre-drying tables before it is moved to traditional African raised tables. Heza station has 65 tables ranging in length and level; designed to regulate drying times.
Flavors of apricot and raspberry. Creamy and jam-like body. Floral and jasmine acidity. Orange rind and lime finish. Terrific coffee.
Producer: Smallholders of the Heza reigon
Location: Gitwe Hill, Matongo Commune, Kayanza Province, Burundi
Process: Washed, dried on raised beds