Flight Coffee Co.
Tanzania Ngorongoro Ridge Peaberry
|Roaster Location:||Bedford, New Hampshire|
|Coffee Origin:||Arusha Region, northern Tanzania|
|Est. Price:||$16.00/12 ounces|
|Review Date:||February 2019|
Blind Assessment: High-toned, richly sweet-savory. Red currant, dark chocolate, tangerine zest, hop flowers, sandalwood in aroma and cup. Richly bittersweet structure with vibrant, juicy acidity; plush, syrupy mouthfeel. Deep, flavor-saturated finish with red currant and dark chocolate carrying well into the long.
Notes: This exceptional coffee was selected as the No. 5 coffee on Coffee Review’s list of the Top 30 Coffees of 2019. This coffee also earned the highest rating in a cupping of coffees from New England roasters for Coffee Review’s February 2019 tasting report. Produced entirely from trees of the Bourbon variety of Arabica, this is a wet-processed or “washed” coffee, meaning the fruit skin and pulp were removed from the beans immediately after harvesting and before drying. This particular 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. Flight Coffee is a coffee-loving, quality-focused roasting company based in Bedford, New Hampshire. Visit www.flightcoffeeco.com or call 603-836-6228 for more information.
The Bottom Line: A lush Tanzania cup laden with red fruit and deep chocolate tones throughout, lifted by a bright acidity.
This review originally appeared in the February, 2019 tasting report: New England Coffee Roasters: Embracing (and Reinventing) Tradition