Tanzania has always been associated with the classic "Tanzanian Peaberry" variety of coffea arabica, but does produce other wonderful "flat bean" types of coffee. The Blackburn Estate located in southern Tanzania's Ngorogoro region, district of Ruvuma produces a consistantly high quality bean. The cup is unexpected for Africa in general having some of the characteristics of a good Sumatran but with more of the "dynamicism" African coffes are known for. The bean is wet processed and fermented for 2 to 3 days and sun dried on raised beds like Kenyan beans. Rich aggressive flavor full of apple, maple, brown bread, and mollasses. Muted acidity and an intense creamy body rolls over the palette with smooth finish. Roasted a dark medium "2nd crack" "full city" brings out a wonderful floral and fruit, and mollasses aromas. Notes of bittersweet chocolate on the finish round this as a very unique solid crop.
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