Ruvuma Tanzanian Peaberry
|Roaster Location:||Kansas City, Missouri|
|Coffee Origin:||Ruvuma growing region, southwestern Tanzania.|
|Review Date:||July 2008|
Blind Assessment: Very sweet-toned and bright aroma: lemon, orange, flowers, cherry, a hint of honey. The acidity, rich and enveloped in sweetness, lifts the cup and carries into the long finish. Continued lemon, cherry and floral-toned honey notes.
Notes: This sample consists entirely of peaberries, a kind of bean that results when the coffee fruit develops only a single, oval bean rather than the usual pair of flat-sided beans. Peaberries produce a somewhat different (often better) cup than normal beans from the same crop, from which they may or may not be separated during grading. This Tanzania peaberry is produced by small-holding growers in the Ruvuma growing region, near Lake Nyasa in southwestern Tanzania. One in a series of small-lot Roasterie Reserve coffees. The Roasterie is a leading, quality-oriented specialty roaster that specializes in building ongoing relationships with growers and that emphasizes its commitment to "air roasting," a technology utilizing a column of hot air rather than the conventional turning drum to agitate the roasting beans. Visit
Who Should Drink It: A joyful coffee, pure and lyric.
This review originally appeared in the July, 2008 tasting report: Readers' Choice 2008: Hearty Coffee from the Heartlands