49th Parallel Coffee Roasters
Tanzania Hope Peaberry
|Roaster Location:||Burnaby, British Colombia, Canada|
|Coffee Origin:||Mbeya Region, southwestern Tanzania.|
|Review Date:||June 2009|
Blind Assessment: Both co-cupper Jim Reynolds (90) and Ken (91) described a very sweet-toned aroma and pleasingly delicate acidity, which Ken glossed as "wine-toned." Lightly syrupy mouthfeel, clean and balanced in flavor, "nutty" for Jim, tartly fruity and floral for Ken. Very sweet-finishing.
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 Mbeya region, near Lake Rukwa in southwestern Tanzania. 49th Parallel is a distinguished small-batch roasting company located in the Vancouver, Canada area that specializes in high-end single-origin and blended coffees, many sourced directly from origin. Visit
Who Should Drink It: Pure, delicate coffee, with the crisp gentleness coffee tradition associates with the Tanzania peaberry grade. Don?t add anything to this coffee.
This review originally appeared in the June, 2009 tasting report: Alternative Africas: Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania