Tanzania is not the first country that springs to mind when thinking of coffee producing countries, but plenty of coffee grows in the Northern regions near Kilimanjaro, and in the hills of the south-west, and it was one of the first places from where we sourced coffee, back when Neighbourhood was a real small start-up.
In the south-west region of Mbeya, there's a farm-estate called Kamaro, bought in 1996 by Maria Gabbeaur, and run by her son Herby. The family moved to Tanzania in the 1970's, and had an ambition to get into coffee - 20 years later that ambition was realised. Kamaro sits at about 1,550 metres above sea level, and receives plenty of rainfall to water the deep red volcanic soils, where Bourbon and Kent varietals grow.
This is a peaberry lot - you'll note that the beans are smaller and more rounded than normal. Peaberries come about when only one seed (which we call a bean when it's processed) form inside the coffee cherry instead of the normal two. Glad we could help you understand.
Some people reckon they contain a more intense flavour - we don't ascribe to this, but this coffee is already jam-packed with flavours, so much so that it was adjudged to be the 2nd best coffee in all of Tanzania last year. A big hit of rhubarb runs throughout, and there's a pronounced vanilla sweetness, with a burst of red grapes. It's quite a chewy complex little number - great for espresso, and for filter brewing methods.