Tanzania Peaberry Coffee is grown on the Nitin Estate in the Ngorongoro Crater. This single estate micro-lot coffee is wonderfully acidic and has a rich body, an intense flavor, and a fragrant aroma coupled with mellow winy overtones. Rated a low acid coffee due to the lower acidity.
Flavor Notes: Dried Fruit, Savory Chocolate, and Orange
Processing: Washed Process
Roast: Medium/Light Roast
Peaberry Coffee: What is a Peaberry Coffee? Tanzania Peaberry Coffee beans are unique and have a much richer flavor. They are only found in 5% of the crop and are removed manually. The flavor of the Tanzania Peaberry Coffee is of a finer quality than the rest of the crop and is desired by coffee connoisseurs.
Most sources indicate that coffee arrived in Tanzania in the 16th century from Ethiopia. Originally, the Haya tribe in Tanzania would take the ripened coffee cherries and boil their skins with various herbs until macerated, and then smoked the mixture until it became something akin to coffee cherry jerky, which they would then chew on. They called coffee concoction amwani.
At first, coffee wasn’t meant for daily consumption in Tanzania. The people of the Haya tribe restricted its use for cultural, primarily religious, rituals, in which primarily high-ranking officials and royals were allowed to consume amwani and it was tightly controlled who could grow the crop.
Coffee became a cash crop in Tanzania in the 20th century under German colonial rule, in which the colonists mandated coffee trees be planted in every region in 1911, and soon after coffee became a major exported crop and indelibly linked to Tanzania. After World War I, the British took over the country and quickly planted over ten million seedlings throughout Tanzania, and eventually created the first cooperative in the country by 1925, called the Kilimanjaro Native Planters’ Association (KNPA).
After Tanzania’s independence in 1961, the government made quick work to develop the infrastructure and help grow the coffee industry into the burgeoning success that it is today. Despite occasional setbacks, like the coffee wilt disease spreading through the crops in the 1990s, and various economic troubles of the country, coffee has persisted to become one of the most important crops of Tanzania, and that is no more apparent than in Tanzania Peaberry coffee that Tanzania is known the world over for.
Although they are referred to as beans, the coffee that we know and love is in fact a seed. Normally, the seeds inside coffee cherries develop two flat surfaced sides. In approximately 4-6% of the world’s coffee production, only a single seed grows inside the coffee cherry. These are what we refer to as peaberries.
The reason why Tanzania Peaberry coffees are so well-known and taste so good is because they grow on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro between 1,050 to 2,500 meters above sea level in volcanic soil that provides essential nutrients that seep into the coffee beans and lend exotic flavors to Tanzania Peaberries that have made this particular coffee synonymous with great peaberry coffee.
Despite peaberries growing in almost every single region that coffee is grown in all over the world, Tanzania Peaberry coffee has won the distinction of having some of the best peaberry coffee around due to the country’s ideal climate, centuries long traditions of coffee production, and great infrastructure that continues to help support and develop coffee producers to create some great coffee.
Our Tanzania Peaberry Coffee is grown on the Nitin Estate in the Ngorongoro volcanic crater that specializes in growing bourbon and kent varietals that display a fruity, floral notes that is similar to wine, similar to a Cabernet with tart cherry flavors that coat the palate and with wild, exotic aromatics.
The roasting profile we created accentuates the fruity tones of the Tanzania Peaberry coffee while drawing out the robust body of this peaberry to give an overall balanced cup that isn’t overwhelming in acidity and is still pleasantly sensational.
The Tanzania Peaberry coffee is distinctive and packed with flavor that keeps impressing us the more cups of it we’ve had. There always seems to be something new to discover each morning when having the Tanzania Peaberry coffee, with herbaceous sweetness and hints of lemongrass that we’re sure you’ll find just as fascinating as we did.
Our Tanzania Peaberry Coffee is UTZ Certified, which stands for more sustainable farming and better opportunities for farmers, their families, and our planet. The UTZ certification program for Tanzania Peaberry enables coffee farmers to use better farming methods, grow better crops, and generate more income.