Rusty Car Coffee

Tanzania Peaberry Fair-Trade/Organic

Location: Athol, Idaho

Origin: Mt. Kilimanjaro region, northern Tanzania.

Roast: Dark

Est. Price:

Review Date: July 2008

Agtron: 32/39

Aroma: 8

Acidity: 7

Body: 8

Flavor: 8

Aftertaste: 7

Blind Assessment:

An autumnal sort of coffee: rich, deep, with notes of smoky wood, wet fallen leaves and humus in both nose and cup, all supported by a deep underlying sweetness. Turns from deep to rather heavy in a tongue-coating finish.


This coffee 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. It is certified organically grown and Fair Trade, meaning it was purchased from small-holding farmers at a “fair” or economically sustainable price. Rusty Car Coffee specializes in Fair-Trade and organic certified coffees roasted in a traditional, wood-fired roasting machine. Visit www.rustycarcoffee.com or call 208-659-3383 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Lovers of dark-roasted Sumatras and similar earthy, smoky but sweet coffees.

This review originally appeared in the July, 2008 tasting report: Readers' Choice 2008: Hearty Coffee from the Heartlands

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