||Tanzania Selian Block G Natural Typica 2014
This coffee comes from the Arusha, Arumeru district, in Northern Tanzania, on the lower slopes of Mount Meru (which rises to 4,565m). Arusha town centre is approximately 8 km from the estates, but over recent years the urban sprawl has meant that the town has expanded to the borders of the estates.
Selian farm was founded in 1910 and was acquired by Burka in 1991. Selian covers 1210 acres, of which 753 acres are coffee. The neighbouring estate, Burka, is also owned by the same group.
The estates have about 200 permanent staff as well as 200 daily causal staff; however, in the peak of the harvest season, there can be up to 5,000 staff involved in picking and processing.
All permanent staff are provided with housing on the estates (in four different camps), and the minimum salary is set at 20% above the government minimum requirement. Staff have social security and labour union membership included in their contracts, and an estate credit union also offers loans and advice for education, health, and house construction.
Each estate has its own nursery which educates over 100 children, and two primary schools also cater for over 600 children, who come from the estate workers' families and the neighbouring communities.
An on-site health centre with estate nurse and dispensary is available to meet the needs of all staff, and the estate has its own ambulance. It also has shops, sport facilities, churches, and a mosque.
Regular inter-estate and inter-camp football & netball matches occur, along with staff BBQs and other holiday celebrations. Workers are supplied with free firewood from stumped coffee trees, and fruit & nut trees are grown around the staff villages.
This is the first batches of natural coffee I have ever seen come out of Tanzania, and it was a micro experiment done for us. Ripe cherries were delivered to the mill within 6 hours of picking and were sorted and hand-picked. They were then placed onto raised African drying beds, where the drying period lasted for 3 weeks.
This comes from the Block known as G which is 100% Typica varietal.
In the cup a thick, gloopy, mouthfeel that just goes on and on, along with a real hit of black cherry and liquorice and bruised raspberry.
Farm: Tanzania Selian
Altitude: 1200 - 2000 m.a.s.l.
Take this in to first pops of second crack, but slow the roast down and drag out if you can to increase already big body.
"Quick Look" Guide
Bruised raspberries, black cherry, liquorice, gloupious mouthfeel.
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