In Kirundi, the local language, ‘HEZA’ means ‘beautiful place’. And that is how it’s called one of the mills, established by Ben and Kristy Carlson, part of Long Miles Project. This mill was built in 2014, close to the border or Burundi and Rwanda. It’s built on the cliff overlooking Kibria rainforest. There are few key elements making it great place to grow coffee and that includes the altitude, climate and close proximity to the rainforest. Heza is an innovative place and just like other mills belonging to Long Miles Project, it’s focused on people and growing coffee community. Great weather and climate conditions in Kayanza province and quality of coffee made Long Miles team to experiment with coffee and its processing methods. Additionally they’ve planted 15 000 extra coffee trees.
Currently Heza mill brings together 2100 smallholder farmers and 300 everyday, very engaged employees, who call this place HOME. They work constantly, in the season as well as all year round, making sure they produce best coffee possible. Roger Ciza runs the mill and works with Deo Nahimana, who looks after employee’s safety. About 70 people work during the selection process, where all fruits are inspected for tis ripeness and quality control. Over 100 women are employed in the quality control sector checking already processed and ready-to-dry beans. Additionally there is a team that is solely working out in the field, looking after the plants, quality control the farm and educating farmers.
Water used in the processing beans comes from the rainforest. Then the crystal clear water is used to wash beans and in fermentation process. There is work undergoing to make fresh water more accessible for the local community.
SUGGESTED BREWING METHOD:
-Alternative brewing methods (V60, Kalita Wave Dripper, Chemex, Aeropress, French Press)
Country of origin : Burundi
Location : Gitwe Hill, Kayanza
Farm : Heza
Producer : Long Miles Coffee, Ben&Cristy Carlson
Variety : Red Burbon
Process : Washed
Altitude (MASL) : 1.960