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Tanzania Nyamtimbo Peaberry

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Region Africa
Grade Peaberry
Appearance .2 d/300gr, 17 PB Screen
Roast Recommendations City+, see my review for notes about FC+ roasts
Weight 1 LB
Coffees from South Tanzania have a few advantages that result often in better cup quality. It might not be romantic to list "transportation" alongside "terroir" as major factors in cup quality, but indeed it is. With coffee, it matters little loamy the soild was, not high the elevation of the farm, how ripe the cherry was when harvested, how carefully it was wet-milled, if it gets packed in a container that gets steamed for a couple weeks in a humid port city. Typically, Tanzania pebearry lots were from the northern districts near Kenya actually have a shorter trip to port in Dar Es Salaam, but somehow suffer so much more in the process. Southern district coffees from Ruvuma province, collected and milled in cities of Songea and Nyamtimbo face a longer trip but miraculously survive it better. The key might be logisitcs, or the fact the coffees are better treated in drying, and in particular the rest period when coffee remains in it's parchment shell for 30-60 days before being hulled, sorted, measured for density, and bagged for export. This period is crucial to allow moisture to be distributed evenly in the coffee, to acheive physical stability in the green seed. In any case, Tanzanias can arrive with the baggy burlap-taste defect from day 1, but not here. This is a great, sweet, bright, clean cup. At a lighter City+ roast the dry fragrance has a vivid fruitiness to it with traces of flowers. There is a rose-water, perfumey quality, with a sweet barley grain backdrop. At FC roast these aromatics knit together a bit more, and there's a sweet gingerbread aspect. I recommend the lighter roast, which is simply more dynamic, but at this stage expect the coffee to have a wrinkled surface appearance, with some surface color mottling. In the cup the C+ roast has that malty sweet grain aspect, and orange notes to the acidity, with ripe fruit flavors from start to finish, into the long aftertaste. It has balanced fruity character, and a winey dimension to it. The body is in the middle range, similar to many Kenyas, but it suits the effervescent, lively, bright cup character overall. I am surprised by the substantial mouthfeel, which can often be lacking in a Tanzania, and the balance overall.