Tanzania Peaberry CP Select
Flavor Notes: Heavy and tart with rich cocoa and lemon flavors.
A classic espresso blend would be 1/3 Tanzania Peaberry, 1/3 Indonesian, 1/3 Brazil or Central American.
- Origin: East Africa
- Region: Tanzania
- Farm: Various smallholder farmers
- Variety: Arusha, Bourbon, Kent
- Altitude: 1400-2000 masl
- Process: Fully washed and dried on raised beds
Harvest/Shipping: June - August
- Certifications: n/a
Coffee usually develops as two separate beans, but about 5 to 10 percent of coffee beans only develop as one lobe which we call 'Peaberry'.
Many coffee drinkers believe that peaberries are more concentrated than normal coffee beans because of their small size. Tanzania coffee is similar to other washed East African coffees grown at high elevation (Kenya, Zimbabwe) but perhaps not as balanced.
It is for the acidity and brightness that people buy Tanzania coffee and it is often used as a blender.
"We now know that Peaberries are, in some ways, an actual defect. While most coffee cherries produce two beans, an estimated two to 10 percent of cherries contain only one bean. These are the Peaberries. While no one knows yet exactly why a coffee tree produces Peaberries, we do know that they occur in all varietals, but occur more often in certain countries, such as Africa, although they are also found in Asia, Hawaii and South America." - January/February '06 issue of Roast Magazine.
By the way... What's CP Select? Well, coffee is a yearly crop and much like wine, some crops really sing. While all Specialty Coffee farmers do their best and many farms are extremely consistent, sometimes the magic moves around. On our menu you'll see a number of farms called out by name; La Minita, Kauai Coffee, La Torcaza and others with established records for high quality and consistency. But you'll also see a number of choices we call CP Select. CP Select choices are instances where things need to change in order to stay the same. And that's where we're a little different.
Our CP Select choices like our Estate choices are chosen for their high quality in combination with choosing for consistency from order to order. That's for you. This can be an important element when you've found a type of coffee you love or a certain blend you've created that you want to maintain. Perfection is a difficult goal but we do strive for that ongoing level of quality and consistency in each CP Select choice; that its same as possible each time you order. While those CP Select coffees do lose their bag to bag pedigrees as we source our beans different farms as we search for our choices. They do carry our brand on the site, that's our seal of approval as a CP Select choice. Familiarity and consistency order to order. Our philosophy in the beans menu is one of "jewels and jeans." We absolutely have jewels such as Cup of Excellence beans and many other extraordinary Rock Stars of coffee. And, we also offer super high quality "blue jeans" of coffee; familiar, comfortable, worry-free, trustworthy, high-quality daily drivers. These are our CP Select beans. Equal quality chosen for repeat orders.