Behind the towering Mount Oldeani, or Bamboo Mountain, sits Blackburn Estate, over 500 hectares of wilderness area, conservation land, and coffee. This Estate is unique amongst other coffee farms in Tanzania, situated along the border of Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Currently owned and managed by German-born Michael Gehrken, Blackburn Estate started in 1930, before being transferred to a Scotsman until finally reaching Gehrken’s father after WWII in 1949.
Michael took over in 1983, as he fell in love with the stretches of grasslands and wildlife of East Africa. Originally planted with the ancient Nyasa varietal, the Estate teems with varieties ranging from Kent, KP423 and TC/10 – a hybrid resistant to the Coffee Berry Disease and drought, but not high yielding. Overall, Blackburn Estate produces coffee with unique tasting notes and of utmost quality.
For processing, the coffee is fermented, washed, and dried at Blackburn with its own wet mill, and the parchment is sent to a dry mill for hulling. Water from springs situated on Mount Oldeani has created two reservoirs used for pulping. Gehrken carefully constructed lined earth dams to collect rainwater and river flows to provide additional water sources for the coffee and for the wildlife.
This coffee is juicy & refreshing, with fruity notes of mango & pear, finished with manhatten tea delicate aftertaste. A light delicate coffee that best enjoys as the last coffee of the day.
Brewing Recipe :
1 : 15
27th of March
400g & 1kg Pack roast on 27th of March
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