The Roasterie

Ruvuma Tanzanian Peaberry

Location: Kansas City, Missouri

Origin: Ruvuma growing region, southwestern Tanzania.

Roast: Medium

Est. Price:

Review Date: July 2008

Agtron: 44/63

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 8

Aftertaste: 9

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.


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 www.theroasterie.com or call 800-376-0245 for more information.

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

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