Cartel & The Long Mile Project

​Sunday session at Cartel, with their new Slayer Steam.

Soon as I heard the new season Burundi coffee had landed, I made a beeline to Geelong.  Today is all about Cartels Heza Hill offering, which is sourced from The Long Mile Coffee Project. FYI: Heza means ‘beautiful place’ in Kirundi, the local language of Burundi. Ben and Kristy Carlson built the Heza Hill washing station in 2014, which is located in the Kayanza region of Burundi, and looks out onto the Kibira rainforest. It sits at an altitude of around 1960 meters above sea level, and enjoys a moderate climate. The coffee cherries are meticulously processed with mineral water sourced from local springs.   
My espresso was nothing short of spectacular. Its an honour to have the opportunity to experience such coffee, which is harvested and processed with so much care and commitment to quality. Also, it’s an extra sweet feeling, knowing the Long Mile Project is dedicated to improving the wellbeing and livelihood of those dedicated farmers who work so hard, and deserve the respect. My espresso was clean, with a well rounded, and a unique blend of milk chocolate and orange tones.   


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