Tanzania - Ngorongoro Ridge Peaberry
sweet lime, hibiscus, sugarcane
From Our Cupping Lab
Tanzania is sometimes overlooked as Kenya, the East African coffee powerhouse, borders to the north. A bit silly if you ask us, because the country is putting out some fantastic and diverse offerings. In the past year or so, we've roasted Tanzanian coffees that taste like miso soup, key lime pie, and everywhere in between. Just as exciting is the Ngorongoro Ridge. Wonderfully balanced, this juicy cup dances on the tongue but doesn't overstay its welcome -- citrus and floral in both aroma and cup, a short-medium finish marked by notes of sugarcane wraps things up.
From Our Importer
Our Ngorongoro Ridge comes from three farms on the slopes the Ngorongoro Crater — an area of global importance for its rich biodiversity.
The farms were established by German settlers in the 1920s. Today, the old residences and family cemetery have been respectfully preserved and the farms are run by Tropical Farm Management, a Neumann Kaffee Gruppe company.
The farms also include maize and wheat crops, but large portions of them are not cultivated, to allow the local floral and fauna to flourish. Water from a stream that flows through the property, down from the moutains, is used for processing the coffee and is also a water source for elephants, cape buffalo, warthogs and antelope.
The coffee is grown under shade trees, which allows the soil to retain its moisture and reduces the need for irrigation. Cherry is pulped with water from the stream, undergoes a dry fermentation process and then is washed and graded in channels filled with water. Finally, it’s dried in the sun on raised African beds.
Tropical Farm Management farms are guided by a sustainable farming philosophy that integrates good production practices with environmental preservation, social sensitivity and a goal of long-term viability. The philosophy is shared with the community and borne out in the results of the farm.