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Quaffee - Burundi Heza Peaberry Long Miles Coffee Project

R 150.00

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This coffee brings up both excitement and nostalgia at Cape Coffee Beans. We have so many fond memories of exceptional Burundian lots from the Long Miles Coffee Project, sourced and roasted by our friends at Quaffee, in years gone by. You can learn more about the the Long Miles Coffee Project (LMCP) below, and even watch a talk by founder Ben Carlson that we were lucky enough to attend many years ago. Suffice it to say LMCP is a special venture which we love to support.

Aside from LMCP's social impact, however, what we also remember is how delicious their lots have all been. In fact, we credit LMCP with much of the increase in interest in specialty coffee from Burundi in South Africa over the last few years. Unfortunately, we have not had any LMCP lots to enjoy for some time, so we are thrilled to see them back in the roasting drums of our partners once again.

With similar growing conditions to neighbouring Rwanda, an ideal terroir, a penchant for growing Bourbon and the willingness to experiment with processing methods, thanks to the efforts of organisations like LMCP, we think Burundi is one of the most exciting African coffee producing countries, these days.

This lot offers much to be excited about in its own right. It is a peaberry lot, processed naturally, and is comprised of a selection of beans from three different LMCP growing areas, the hills that the coffees are named after. This all makes it even more exciting to try.

Phaedon's tasting notes

Hello, old friend! My how I've missed you, and you haven't changed a bit.

What I remember most fondly about the many LMCP/Quaffee lots I've savoured over the years are the full bodies and fruity flavours, and this new Heza lot offers these characteristics in spades. In every brew I tried, it was fully of a medley of fruit flavours: mostly stone fruit and citrus, but with the occasional hint of something tropical, or even some cranberry. With a bright acidity, this coffee is slightly tart, in an extremely pleasant way, but it's also quite thick and syrupy with lots of texture. I thoroughly enjoyed it in every brew method I used, so I'd highly recommend you buy a bag while you can.

Quaffee's notes

We have had coffees from Gitwe and Gishubi before, this is a rare opportunity to taste a regional “single-origin” blend, based on the bean size.

We are fortunate enough to have direct contact with Ben, and he gave us the following details of this coffee: “This lot was sun dried on raised beds for nearly 40 days.” “We made this lot combining the PB beans from Gitwe, Mikuba, and Gishubi hills from Heza washing station. This is an extremely hard bean. This small lot was just 3 bags because we had a really small amount of PB during the harvest. What makes this special as well is that rarely do we have Natural PB lots. So, add in some juicy notes to the baking spice and dark berries.

  • Characteristics: Tasting notes are peach, black tea that becomes dark chocolate, sweet orange finish.
  • Roast used: Medium charge with a decreasing ramp rate until the end of the roast, with 12% dev time.
  • Quaffee's brews:
    • Espresso: 1:2.1 (28 sec)
    • AeroPress: 17.5g:200g
    • Plunger: 48g:800g
    • Pour over / filter: 18.5g:300g

Long Miles Coffee Project

We started working with Long Miles Coffee Project (LMCP) in 2013. Ben and Kirsty, the founders of Long Miles Coffee Project (LMCP), moved to Burundi with their family and a dream in 2013. Their goal was to help the local farmers produce high-quality coffee and earn more income. To achieve this, they built three processing stations (one of which is Heza) and offered training and support to the growers. In addition, they paid them higher prices for their coffee. As a result of their efforts, the farmers improved their production and quality.

Since 2013, we have secured coffee from LMCP every year, except for 2015 when Burundi faced a crisis. After a long gap of almost two years, we are happy to offer a LMCP coffee again. We worked with Marunic to get this chance.

In 2016 we invited Ben and Kirsty to share their story with us. You can watch their talk on YouTube:

Coffee details from Quaffee

Visiting Heza Washing Station at 1960 masl is like an off-road adventure. You have to switch-back up mountainsides and cross small, hand-built log bridges. Heza Washing Station is very remote, but the community around it is special. Most of them are coffee farmers. In Kirundi, the local language of Burundi, Heza means ‘beautiful place’. The washing station deserves its name, because it has panoramic views and a stunning East African sky.

  • Region: Heza, Kayanza Province, Burundi
  • Processing: Natural sun-dried on raised beds for nearly 40 days. Cherries are intermittently agitated and inverted by hand
  • Farmer/lot: Made up from lots from Gitwe (637 farmers), Mikuba (774 farmers) and Gishubi (291 farmers)
  • Altitude grown: 1900 - 2200 masl
  • Variety: Bourbon

Quaffee's transparency information

  • Sourced from: Heza Washing Station / Long miles coffee project
  • FOB price: $7.5/kg
  • Cupping score: 88.75 (LMCP), however our score was 83.5
  • Lot size: 1 x 60 Kg bag
  • Relationship: Goes back to 2013