Clean cup, with a slight green tea flavor that follows through to the finish. The sweet aspect is right in line with sugar in the raw, along with Brazil nut. There is a malic brightness that makes for mouth refreshing acidity. City+ and Full City range are where maximum sweetness is achieved. This coffee makes a nice brewed cup along this roast spectrum. City+ to Full City.
We don't pick 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 can affect the cup. Transit to the very humid port of Dar es Salaam, or delays in loading and shipping can damage the coffee, resulting in a much different coffee quality than the offer samples. But even so, we don't really see that many samples from Tanzania that are even much interest to us in the first place, lacking the overall power of the Kenya lots. But 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 Shah Estate. It's a really nice coffee, and we wound up grabbing the AA lot from the out turn as it cupped with the most brilliance. Like our other Tanzania lots, this one's small, only 7 bags total. We're really hoping to see more Tanzania coffee of this caliber next year.
This lot of Tanzania is mild in the fragrance, with solid sweetness and a slight background of hazelnut. A scent of light brown sugar comes up off the wet grounds, and there's a nice tea leaf scent as well. Breaking the grounds uncovers a praline sweetness with a note of raw almond. The cup has a cleanliness to it, but with a slight green tea flavor that follows through to the finish. The sweet aspect is right in line with sugar in the raw, which surrounds a bit of Brazil nut flavor. Fruits are not so identifiable, but there is a malic brightness that makes for mouth refreshing acidity. Our best roasts were in the City+ and Full City range where maximum sweetness is achieved. I wouldn't go too far into 2nd crack (or at all) with this coffee, and it's best as a brewed cup where balance and relative restraint are most apparent.