Coffee Reviews

Heza Burundi – Passenger Coffee

Andrew Pautler

Coffee Details

  • Coffee Name
    Heza
  • Roaster
    Passenger Coffee
  • Roaster Location
    Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • Estimated Price
    $18.50 / 12 oz
  • Flavor Notes
    Raspberry, apricot, black tea
  • Process
    Washed
  • Varieties
    Bourbon
  • Country
    Burundi
  • Region
    Kayanza
  • Elevation
    2000 MASL
  • Producer
    Long Miles Coffee Project
  • Roast
    Light
  • Review Brew Method
    v60, espresso
  • Roast Date
    May 18, 2020
  • Review Date
    May 30, 2020

Coffee Scoring

9.0
Aroma
8.5 / 10
Body
9 / 10
Flavor
9.5 / 10
Acidity/Brightness
9.5 / 10
Balance
9 / 10
Sweetness
9 / 10
Cleanliness
9 / 10
Aftertaste
9 / 10
Complexity
8 / 10
Flexibility
9 / 10
Pros
  • Approachable
  • Sweet-tart flavor profile/structure

Cons
  • Lacks unique attribute to set it apart

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I’ve been quite impressed with the selection of Burundi coffees I’ve sampled this year, so I was thrilled to get to try another option from a roaster I’d never tried before through my Crema.co playlist.

The coffee begins with a creamy and sweet fragrance in which I smelled baking chocolate most prominently. The flavor was delicious and had a sweet-tart structure that was bright and full of stone fruit and various more subtle berry notes. The acidity was strong and the entire cup had a wonderful crispness throughout. The coffee had a tea-like body and a fruit-forward sweetness. I enjoyed it both as espresso and in pour over, though I think it shined best as a pour over where the brightness and tart sweetness really shone through.

The Bottom Line

Heza joins the growing list of Burundi coffee I have tried this season and been very impressed with. This was one of the more approachable Burundi coffees I have tried recently and a great option for someone looking to try an African coffee that isn’t extremely exotic.

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