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It seems that the coffee industry in Tanzania has really upped their game in the last few years. In a relatively short space of time, Tanzania has gone from being a relatively unknown coffee-producing nation to regularly delivering exceptional and exciting specialty grade coffees. Our friends at Origin Coffee Roasting have a knack for finding delicious and interesting coffees and this Tanzanian has all of us at CCBHQ very excited.
Lunji Estate, named after the tribal word for a commonly occurring tree native to the area, is a coffee estate in the Mbeya region in Tanzania. With the increasing demand for specialty coffee, the owners of the estate have been putting a heavy focus on quality control and delivering high-quality lots. This year, 60% of their production was specialty grade and they are striving to increase this number.
Clemens & Stella Maier and Thomas Plattner (the owners of the estate) are progressive coffee producers who continuously rethink their systems and work to improve their processes. As the estate has become more specialty focussed, it has embraced more experimental processing methods and needless to say, we are very excited to see what they have delivered this year and what comes from this estate in the years to come!
Phaedon’s tasting notes
I have lots of fond memories of delicious coffees from the Lunji Estate over the last few years. Rightly or wrongly, Tanzania is not one of the African origins that people get as excited about as the big names like Kenya and Ethiopia, but Lunji's coffees always serve to remind me of how good, and quite unique, Tanzanian coffees can be.
This lot from Lunji was particularly enjoyable to me because of the texture and mouth feel, as much as the wonderful fruit flavours. It has this really interesting tanginess which was often reminiscent of marmalade or another fruit preserve like quince. Accompanied by a syrupy sweetness, this sometimes reminded me of tropical fruits like mango, though there were also lots of bright orange notes and subtle hints of apple coming through in most cups.
I particularly enjoyed this coffee in what I would call imperfectly filtered brew methods like a siphon, French press or AeroPress. I found that a bit of oil getting through into the cup only improved the whole experience.
- Flavour: Sweet vanilla, cranberry, wine
- Body: Medium-light
- Roast: Light-Medium
- Acidity: Apple
- Suitable for: Versatile
- Farm: Lunji Estate
- Owner: Clemens & Stella Maier & Thomas Plattner
- Varieties: Blue Mountain Bourbon, Blue Mountain Typica, Bourbon SL28, Bourbon N39, Kent, Pacamara
- Processing: Fully washed & sun dried on African beds
- Altitude: 1,600 to 1,650 masl
- Town/City: Ihombe
- Region: Mbeya
- Country: Tanzania