The cool cup reveals layers of unrefined sugars, panela, demurara, molasses, a stable base for fruit notes to stand out against. Grape and mixed berry fruit roll ups register. Darker roasts show high % cacao bar and rue-like herbals. City+ to Full City+. Good for espresso.
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 shows deep sugar browning sweetness, cacao nib accents, and with herbaceous flavors that weave in and out of the profile. The dry fragrance of City+ roasts has 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 fig past note 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, demurara, and even a hint of molasses, provide stable base flavors against which fruited top notes stand out. The dried fruit aspects found in the cup are reminiscent of fruit roll ups, grape and mixed berry register. Cocoa flavors build with roast degree, and Full City roasts have a flavor of 70% or more cacao bar, with rue-like herbal aroma filling out the finish. Mara Tarime AB is a big-bodied cup, which matched with the aforementioned profile, lends to an impression of decadent chocolate syrups. This is a great dual-purpose coffee, working well as both brewed coffee and single origin espresso.