Tanzania Tarime Town AA

Tanzania Tarime Town AA

Farm Description

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!

This coffee is part of our Farm Gate pricing program.

Cupping Notes

The dry fragrance has molasses hints, and at City a scent of honey-granola and dried fruit, berry accents. Bittersweet cocoa tones are much more robust at Full City, as are allusions to dark sugars, a maple icing smell gives off candy sweetness in the wet aromatics. This coffee carries a big sweetness in the cup, from City roasts to Full City, and probably beyond though we personally did not get into 2nd snap territory. A light brown sugar sweetness dominates City-City+ roasts with mild bittering cocoa notes underneath. As it cools, the coffee shows it's fruited side with a citrus-like top note, subtle, and followed by a flavor aspect of green apple. Full City roasts are delicious, big body accentuates chocolate-syrup flavors, and rivaled by red grape, and tart flavors as the cup temperature cools. The perceived acidity is reminiscent of green apple too, the effect echoed by flavor. Tarime finishes sweet, first an exchange of cocoa and fruited tones, and followed by Assam tea that leaves a lasting impression in the long aftertaste.

April 2017 Arrival

Score

87.8

Lot Size

16 x 60 kg bags

Roast Recommendations

This coffee excelled under all the roasts we did from light City roast to Full City+. It's hard to go wrong.

Processing

Wet Process

Varietal

Bourbon    

Grade & Appearance

AA; .6 d/300gr, 17-19 screen

Packaging

Shipped to us in GrainPro
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Available in 50 pound GrainPro packages for $228.50 ($4.57/pound) and in 100 pound GrainPro packages for $442.00 ($4.42/pound). Note that 100 pound bags must ship freight. Also available as a 300g sample.
Sampling FAQs

Typical raised drying beds for wet parchment coffee at the mill

Washing channels at the station

Bourbon shrubs in Tanzania