Tanzania - Karatu Estate
Dark Berry, Molasses, Cocoa
From Our Cupping Lab:
From Our Importer: Olam Specialty Coffee
The farming area is covered with dark volcanic soil and the area experiences moderate bimodal rainfall of about 700 - 800 mm p.a. with temperatures ranging between 19 - 27 degrees Celsius. The long rains fall between March-May while the short rains come between October and December.
The area experiences a long mono-annual production cycle with harvesting from August - January. The main variety is the traditional N39 accounting for over 99% of all the coffee grown. Karatu coffee estate applies both dry and wet processing methods. Dry processing - The berries are picked when red ripe and gently sun dried for top quality naturals. This forms around 5% of the farm production. Wet processing – Red rip cherries are timely pulped, fermented, washed and gently sun dried on raised drying table.