Leopard Forest Coffee
|Roaster Location:||Travelers Rest, South Carolina|
|Coffee Origin:||Eastern Highlands, Zimbabwe|
|Review Date:||June 2007|
Blind Assessment: Low-toned, deep aroma with a tight-knit complexity: smoky chocolate, cherry. In the cup tartly sweet, with cherryish fruit laced with hints of chocolate and lemon. The cherry notes persist in the finish, fading toward a slight astringency in the long.
Notes: Historically Zimbabwe has been the premier coffee origin of southern Africa. 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 cup than normal beans from the same crop, from which they may or may not be separated during grading. This peaberry, like other Leopard Forest Zimbabwe coffees, is produced from the admired SL 28 variety, the cultivar of arabica that produces most of Kenya's finest coffees. Leopard Forest is the brand name of a roasting company that features coffees from its own sustainably operated Zimbabwe farm. Visit
Who Should Drink It: A quietly bright breakfast cup with some pleasant aromatic complication.
This review originally appeared in the June, 2007 tasting report: Alternative Africas: Rwanda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe