One of the truly beautiful aspects of drinking coffee produced by Long Miles and their partner producers is how perfectly they execute quality. There are very specific physical bean and cup quality standards that coffees have to reach to be purchased by Utopian. By holding these tight standards, we avoid coffees that taste overly nutty or woody and lack papery flavors that come from premature fade. To meet the minimum requirements is one thing, to find a coffee that is perfect in physical quality and exceeds all standards is entirely another. Every coffee from Long Miles is virtually perfect on every level. To be able to execute quality on this level is nothing short of a heroic feat. Because of their commitment to tight quality standards, each cup of Long Miles coffee is likely the clearest representation of not only the distinct flavor of Burundi coffee, but even moreso the completely one of a kind flavor profile micro-regions.

The lot from Heza actually includes coffee from several different hills. This particular lot is a peaberry selection. Peaberries are the result of one coffee seed (there are two in each cherry) consuming the other and creating one pea-shaped coffee seed. Peaberries can occur naturally, or they can be produced by specifically stressing coffee trees at various points during the harvest. Regardless, the flavor produced by peaberries is very peculiar. I’ve noticed peaberries tend to result in a more direct and intense cup profile. Now, you pair this with the natural uniqueness and terroir of the farmers contributing to the Heza station and what you have is an electrifying cup. In this particular selection I taste a lot of intense fruity flavors like the acidic snap of a fresh lemon with the dark fruit characteristics of a ripe blueberry.


The Long Miles Coffee Project was founded in 2011 by Ben and Christy Carlson with the hopes and dreams of creating meaningful change for the lives of rural coffee farmers in Burundi. Since 2011, Long Miles has invested heavily in developing an alternative model for coffee production Burundi that values role of coffee farmers while also addressing many issues unique to the Burundian coffee sector. Some of the projects Long Miles have begun include Trees for Kibira, where the Long Miles team is activily planting new trees to fight deforestation, and the development of “Coffee Scouts,” a team of young Burundians who provide specialized agricultural training for any farmers who work with Long Miles. We love redemptive actions the Long Miles team have taken and look forward to partnering with them more in the future. This particular selection features coffee only from the Gitwe Hill (or village). Utilizing the anaerobic honey process brings a deep juiciness forward that reminds me of apple with citrus, stone fruit, and floral flavors in the finish. This is definitely a one of a kind selection, and we were lucky to get a single bag of it this year.