Temple Coffee and Tea

Tanzania Nzovu

Location: Sacramento, California

Origin: Mbeya growing region, southwestern Tanzania.

Roast: Medium

Est. Price: $15.50/12 ounces

Review Date: May 2012

Agtron: 54/62

Aroma: 8

Acidity: 8

Body: 9

Flavor: 8

Aftertaste: 7

Blind Assessment:

Brisk, cedary berry notes dominate in aroma and cup, with hints of cocoa and a rounder, juicier fruit, cherry perhaps. Softly balanced acidity; impressively plush, lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Rich, straightforward finish.


Despite great potential as a producer of fine coffee owing to high growing elevations and well-established plantings of traditional varieties of Arabica, Tanzania has struggled as a coffee producer owing to poorly developed infrastructure. Nevertheless, the soft, delicate cup often associated with southwestern Tanzania is displayed in this graceful offering from Temple Coffee and Tea. With two coffee houses located in California’s state capitol Sacramento, Temple recently and successfully transitioned from serving coffee roasted by others to roasting its own. Visit www.templecoffee.com or call 916-454-1282 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Comfortable coffee: Brisk but not bright, pleasantly full in mouthfeel.

This review originally appeared in the May, 2012 tasting report: Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania

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