Simple syrup sweetness - refined and clean - with much in the way of herbal tea notes. Top notes include blackberry and red currant once the cup cools down a bit. There is a mouth-cleansing, black tea aspect that fades nicely to layered cocoa notes in the finish. City+ to Full City.
We haven't picked up much coffee from Tanzania in recent years. Harvesting and post-harvest processing can be an issue, and in some zones the erratic water supply and rain has quite an affect the cup. Transit to the very humid port of Dar es Salaam, or delays in loading and shipping, also create high potential for coffee damage. But even so, we don't really see that many samples from Tanzania that are much interest to us in the first place, lacking the overall power of nearby Kenya lots. But this year, we received a few really nice samples from an Importer we work with who are bringing in lots from the West. Of those, there were a couple that really had us excited, including this one from Bergfrieden Estate, an Estate that was awarded top 25 at Tanzania's recent 'Taste of Harvest'. It's a really nice coffee, and we wound up grabbing the PB lot from this out-turn as well. This peaberry stood out as having great balance of sweetness, acidity, and cleanliness
The dry fragrance has a nice culmination of baking spice notes - cinnamon, all-spice - as well as a raw sugar sweetness. Full City roasts have a penetrating sweetness, a bit more like brown bread with molasses-like sweetness. Adding hot water brings on a smell of sweet malt grains, peach, and an herbaceous quality. The coffee cups with a refined sweetness, especially at City+ roast level, with allusions to herbal tea. City roasts seem to be a bit too underdeveloped and bring out dominant flavors of nut and nut skins, tannic tea qualities, and low sweetness. Once you hit City+ though, the sweetness becomes much more structured, and refined, like simple syrup. This builds quite nicely, and top notes of blackberry and red currant pop. The cup fades nicely to black tea and cocoa powder. This Tanzania is delicate, medium bodied, and best as a brewed cup.