|Processing||Wet Process (Washed)|
|Drying Method||Patio Sun-Dried|
|Arrival date||February 2017 Arrival|
|Appearance||.2 d/300gr, 17-19 Screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City to Full City+|
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! A large bean, AA screen size, this lot is a bit more brilliance in acidic impression than the peaberry, which is a bit more fruit forward. Together they present a unique pairing, showing how different coffee from the same process batch can have distinct flavor profiles.
The cup shows clean raw sugar sweetness, tart tea, and with herbaceous accents that weave in and out of the profile. The dry fragrance of City and City+ roasts have aspects of raisin and grape, with big whiffs of brown sugar. Adding hot water, a smell of fruit reduction emerges, with unprocessed muscovado-like sugar blooming with the wetted grounds, and a black tea note is released in the steam. We found City+ to Full City to be our preferred roast range for brewing, but I imagine sweet and bittering tones to pull through well on up to 2nd crack. Our City+ roast had syrupy sweetness, revealing layers of unrefined sugars as the cup cools in temp. Panela and demurara provide stable base sweetness against which fruited top notes including blackberry and a soft grape accent stand out. Like the coffees from neighboring Kenya, Tanzanian coffee can have mouthcleansing acidity, and this Tarime lot does not disappoint. A tartness builds as the temperature dips, and along with a flavor of Jamaica tea, presents tart, tea-like impressions in flavor and brightness. Full City roasts have a flavor of 70% or more cacao bar, with rue-like herbal aroma filling out the finish. Mara Tarime AA is a big-bodied cup, which matched with the aforementioned profile, lends to decident chocolate flavors. This is a great dual-purpose coffee, working well as both brewed coffee and single origin espresso.