The Supreme Bean
Tanzania Zanzibar Peaberry
|Roaster Location:||North Hollywood, California|
|Coffee Origin:||Tanzania, probably the Mt. Kilimanjaro region in the north|
|Review Date:||February 2005|
Smoothly pungent, roasty presentation. Cedar, prune and raisin notes contribute to a pleasingly complex aroma, but the roast dominates the aromatics in the cup, relieved mainly by subtle but distinct floral top notes. Astringent though rich in the short finish, floral-toned in the long.
Peaberries result 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. At some point early in the history of American specialty coffee peaberry became closely associated with Tanzania, to the point that almost all Tanzania coffee offered in the United States is now peaberry grade. The Supreme Bean, a Los Angeles-area wholesale roaster, specializes in high-end roasted-to-order espresso blends and single origins. Visit
Who Should Drink It
Dark-roast aficionados and those who take their cup with milk or whitener.
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This review originally appeared in the February, 2005 tasting report: Fruit and Flowers: Coffees of Central and Southern Africa