Tanzania Mara Tarime - Archived Review

Tanzania Mara Tarime - Archived Review

$6.25

THIS COFFEE HAS SOLD OUT. A coffee that balances sweet and bittersweet notes, and features blackberry fruit, Baker's chocolate bittersweet flavor, and with a spiced accent. Exceeded our expectations at both light and darker roast levels. City to Full City+.

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Additional Info

Varietal Mixed
Grade AA/AB
Arrival Date May 2015 Arrival
Appearance .2 d/300gr, 15 - 19 screen
Region Tarime District, Mara
Roast Recommendations This coffee excelled under all the roasts we did from light City roast to Full City+. It's hard to go wrong.
Organic No
Farm Gate No
Recommended for Espresso No

Description

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Tarime is a the capital town of a unique coffee growing area in Tanzania's North Mara district. What makes it unique is the distance of Mara from the other well-known coffee areas around Mount Kilimanjaro and Arusha, as well as the Southern areas of Mbinga and Mbeya. Tarime is between the Maasai Mara National Reserve and Lake Victoria. I knew that the area of Lake Victoria had coffee, but of the robusta species, and from the other side of Victoria near Bukoba. Tarime has a handicap because it is over 1200 km by road to the port at Dar Es Salaam, making for high transport costs over hot, dusty roads. But more remarkable than location is how clean and fresh this coffee tastes: With all the logistics challenges to ship coffee from Dar in general, and Tarime in particular, this is a brilliant arrival!

The cup is uniquely fruited while asserting deep chocolate notes. The dry fragrance has date sugar sweetness, molasses hints, and muscat grape. Adding hot water, black currant and raisin dominate with raw, unprocessed muscavado sugar in full bloom. In the cup, a dark Baker's chocolate flavor emerges, slighter in the light roasts where it adds a pleasant bittersweet edge and coming full-on at Full City. The counterpoint is a sweet and syrupy blackberry flavor that lingers through the long finish. There is also a sweet, dark tobacco hint with a black pepper accent in this coffee, a pleasant wild accent adding complexity to the cup.