Tanzania, home of Africa's highest mountain (Kilimanjaro), is well known for it's peaberry offerings. A peaberry is produced from a normal coffee plant in much lower proportions than a regular coffee seed and is unique in that only one smaller, roundish seed is produced in a coffee cherry instead of two (the norm). Many say that this leads to a more flavorful bean, yet many swear up and down that there is no difference. Regardless, you can usually get some pretty tasty peaberry coffees. Who cares which is more flavorful in theory - I'd rather just base it on the cup!
The origin tells you a lot
Tanzania is located just below Kenya which explains the subtle similarities in flavor profile. When trying coffees from geographically close to one another, make a note of it. It brings an interesting (although limited) dimension of understanding to what you are tasting as well as why it has a particular flavor.
Fun Facts About Tanzania:
|Religions:||Christan 45%, Muslim 35%, indigenous beliefs 20%; Zansibar: Muslim 99%, other 1%|
|Ethnic Groups:||Indigenous 99%, other 1%|
|Harvest Seasons:||Sep - Feb|
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