Green Mountain Coffee
Tanzanian Gombe Reserve
|Roaster Location:||Waterbury, Vermont|
|Coffee Origin:||Kigoma growing region, western Tanzania.|
|Review Date:||June 2007|
Blind Assessment: Dominated throughout the profile by crisp, complex dry berry notes (think blackberries and cedar) with deep, sweet undercurrents of honey and chocolate that emerge with particular clarity as the cup cools. The tart berry notes also carry suggestions of dry, light-bodied red table wines.
Notes: This coffee is offered in cooperation with the Jane Goodall Institute, the organization founded by animal researcher and conservationist Jane Goodall to support ongoing research into chimpanzee behavior and protect chimpanzees and their habitats. The 2,700 members of the Kalinzi cooperative that produced this superb coffee live on the boundaries of the Gombe Reserve, the national park that protects the threatened habitat of the chimpanzees. This coffee, originally reviewed packaged as part of Green Mountain's "Special Reserve" series, is now offered as single-origin Tanzanian Gombe Reserve. Keurig/Green Mountain, formerly Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, pioneered single-serve capsule brewing in the United States with its Keurig brewing system, and remains one of the country’s leading large specialty roasters, offering a particularly wide-ranging variety of origins and roast styles. Visit www.GreenMountainCoffee.com or call 888-879-4627 for more information.
Who Should Drink It: If the best Kenyas are cabernets, this is a very nice merlot. Any way your palate construes it, the farmers and the chimpanzees get a good deal.
This review originally appeared in the June, 2007 tasting report: Alternative Africas: Rwanda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe