Tanzania Ruvuma Peaberry


Our new crop of Tanzania Peaberry (formed when just one seed matures in the coffee cherry rather than the typical two seeds) is sourced from family owned farms located in the Mbinga district, Ruvuma Region, Tanzania. Ruvuma is one of the southern-most regions of Tanzania bordering Mozambique to the south and Lake Nyasa to the west (one of the African Great Lakes).

Small farms in the Mbinga district are organized around the Soochak Bush and Tropex companies. They formed a collaboration in 1999 with an aim to improve coffee production in the region by providing much needed support to small farm producers. Soochak Bush and Tropex operate a dry mill, as well as providing transport and exporting the coffee. They have built 13 new wet mills, 8 new micro-wet mills, and have rehabilitated 8 existing wet mills. They make sure farmers are paid during the harvest and also paid a share after export.

Coffee trees in this area are growing between 1,200 and 1,800 meters above sea level in volcanic loam soil and are processed fully washed. The cherries are hand sorted, soaked to remove floaters (coffee cherries or seeds with some type of defect), fermented for 2-3 days, washed in channels, dried on raised beds and finally sorted again at the dry mill.

Rich aroma with notes of cacao nibs and citrus. Smooth, medium body with a nice balance of nuances in the cup; rich chocolate, chess pie, along with delicate orange, and grapefruit.