Carrier Roasting Co.
Burundi Heza Peaberry Washed
Whole bean coffee
We roast to order on Mondays and Wednesdays and ship the following day. Orders will be included in a roast if they’re received by 5pm Eastern Time the day before.
Washing Station: Heza
Producers: Many smallholders
Altitude: 1960 meters
Tasting notes: Cherry, raspberry, black tea, lime
We’ve been working with Long Miles Coffee Project since the inception of Carrier in 2015. They were as hungry and scrappy as we were, evidenced by the fact that they entertained the idea of a direct trade relationship between a landlocked and logistically challenging country and a company that could only purchase one 132 lb bag.
We’ve both grown since then, and we’d wager that the growth of Long Miles has been exponential compared to ours. They’ve been doing incredible work building connections between smallholding farmers in Burundi and specialty roasters all over the world, generating excitement and demand for high quality Burundi coffee.
This year’s offerings are both peaberry selections from Long Miles’ Heza washing station. “Peaberry” refers to when a coffee cherry produces one rounded seed, rather than the usual two flat-sided seeds. Many people assert that peaberries have a denser flavor and sweetness owing to the fact that the cherry puts all of its energy into just a single seed. This separation is performed at the dry mill using screen size and density analyzing equipment.
The washed process involves depulping the fruit from the seed, followed by a fermentation stage that further breaks down the sticky layer of mucilage that remains. After fermentation the seeds are washed clean with fresh water and laid out to dry on raised screens that provide even airflow. The result is clean, clear, and complex flavors. In this lot we taste cherry, raspberry, black tea, and lime.
This is our sixth year buying from Long Miles Coffee Project. We scored this lot 88 points and purchased 2 60kg bags for $4.05/lb FOT Burundi, $4.80/lb EXW NJ, on a day when the Coffee Commodity price was $1.16/lb.