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!
Aromatically, this coffee shows equal parts sweetness and dried fruit characteristics when taken to the middle roast range. The sweetness has a bittering quality, like burned sugars in a pan, providing a nice counter to notes of dehydrated apple and raisin. Our Full City roast showed layered cocoa smells in the wet aroma, with a nice smoked cedar chip accent. The cup has weighty body, carrying a unrefined, molasses-like sweetness far into the aftertaste. As the cup cools down a bit, a nice nectarine top note emerges in City+ roasts, and Full City showcases surprising blueberry to grape flavors with dark cacao richness. Full City and Full City+ roasts will double as incredible options too.