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!
Fruit and cocoa notes shift with roast, as does their level of intensity. The dry fragrance has molasses hints, and at City a scent of honey-granola and dried fruit, like a granola bar. Bittersweet cocoa tones are much more robust at Full City, as are allusions to dark, juice fruits. The wet aroma shows a hefty honey-to-caramel sweetness, that resonates in the steam off the break, with light berry highlights. This coffee carries a big sweetness in the cup, from City roasts to Full City, and probably beyond though we personally did not get into 2nd snap territory. A light brown sugar sweetness dominates City roasts with mild bittering cocoa notes underneath. As it cools, the coffee shows it's fruited side with top notes of grape and apple notes that are juicy, highlighted by mouth refreshing acidity. Full City roasts are delicious, big body accentuating chocolate-syrup flavors, and rivaled by dark berry and red grape flavors. The finish is so sweet, an exchange of cocoa and fruited tones leave a lasting impression in the finish.