Karatu AA | Tanzania

Tasting Notes: Apricot, Pear, Melon and Raw Sugar. Healthy chocolate body for a washed African coffee.

Farm: Karatu Estate
Variety: N39 Bourbon 
Grade: AA
Region: Ngorongoro Crater, Karatu
Process: Washed
Elevation: 1700-2000 masl

The Karatu coffee estate is located in the ring of Ngorongoro crater in Karatu. The estate is covered with dark volcanic soil, receives between 70-80 centimeters of rain per year, the bulk of which falls March, April and May. The main variety grown in Tanzania is a Bourbon variant called N39, developed by the Tanzanian Coffee Research Institute for disease resistance and productivity.

We find this coffee to be more heavy bodied than what we typically find from washed Ethiopian and Kenyan coffees, but still sweet and fruit driven. Sourced for its body, sweetness and fruit characteristics in our Narrows Espresso Blend, we've found it to be an approachable and versatile, sweet, plus-bodied African coffee as a stand-alone espresso or filter. An unexpected gem from a place Bluebeard has not sourced coffee previously.