Tanzania Tarime AB
lemon-lime, wild flower honey, apricot
From Our Cupping Lab:
Falling firmly outside the flavor references we have in-lab, the Tarime stunned us on the cupping table. Sweetly floral in fragrance and aroma and intensely sweet in flavor, it took us a moment to gather our composure before deciding on flavor notes. Wonderfully clean and smooth, this is an offering so unique one must experience it for themselves.
Region: mara, tarime
Varietal: N39, KP423
From Our Importer: Cafe Imports
Tarime is in the northern part of Tanzania, between the Serengeti and Lake Victoria. This remote area of the country is relatively self-goverened by the local social groups and tribes, and most of the farmholders own between 2–8 hectares of land, growing coffee on about a quarter of their property (0.5–2 hectares). They also grow other cash crops as well as subsistence crops.
While coffees from this region were historically processed as Naturals due to the terrain and dry environment, Coffee Management Services noticed the potential for high-quality Washed lots and installed a washing station at Muriba in 2013. The mill offers farmers the opportunity to deliver their coffee in cherry form, which can result in quicker payment as well as increased space on their land, as it reduces the need for drying surfaces as well. Coffees are received, sorted, and depulped, then fermented underwater for 12–15 hours before being washed and dried on raised beds for 7–15 days.