|Ngorongoro Crater region, northern Tanzania
Sweetly pungent, floral and crisply fruit-toned. Black currant, pink grapefruit zest, honeysuckle, baking chocolate, oak in aroma and cup. Sweetly savory in structure with light-footed acidity; very creamy, ebullient mouthfeel. The sweet finish leads with notes of pink grapefruit zest and baking chocolate with hints of honeysuckle.
This coffee tied for the highest rating in a cupping of African Great Lakes coffees for Coffee Review’s June 2021 report. Utz-certified. This sample consists entirely of peaberries, a kind of bean that results when the coffee fruit develops a single, oval bean rather than the usual pair of flat-sided beans. Peaberries produce a somewhat different cup than normal beans from the same crop, from which they may or may not be separated during grading. Volcanica Coffee is a family-owned business in Suwanee, Georgia whose roots go back two generations to coffee farming in Costa Rica. For more information, visit www.volcanicacoffee.com.
A Kenya-like Tanzania cup — richly pungent, resonantly sweet-savory, layered and complex.
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This review originally appeared in the June, 2021 tasting report: African Great Lakes Coffees: Quality in the Face of Adversity