Sunday, April 08, 2007

Zambia Terranova Estate

Black Apron Exclusive
of 2007


J - "I don't know what I smell."

K - "Chocolate."

J - "Ya, I smell chocolate."

K - "And a little bit of plum."

J - "Plum???? No more like prune... although VERY slight."

The Taste

Coffee alone - Mildly acidic. Slightly apricotty. Rather tart.

With cherry cordial - this changes everything! RADICALLY!!! It is now sweet and smooth. Brightens the acidity.

Origin Notes

The farm itself is less than 20 years old and is located just down stream from Victoria Falls, which is one of the seven natural wonders of the world, located in Africa between Zimbabwe and Tanzania. It is grown on and contributes to a wild game reserve. It is not unlikely to find antelope, zebra, lion, and other exotic species wandering the farm's acreage. There use of sustainable practices such as use of shade trees and trellises allow them to keep this farm on a game reserve without negatively affecting the environment.

One of the problems associated with the location of this farm is the harsh dry season that is well known for the Serengeti. It had been drying their harvests much too quickly. The growers developed a process that slowed the drying and at the same time allowed the flavors within the bean to fully develop. These flavors contain notes of stone fruit (apricots, peaches, plums, etc.) and deep aromas and flavors of cocoa. It's a complexity that you can expect to find in a blend that was masterfully crafted, yet it is so surprising to find this occuring naturally. That is what makes this coffee so exotic. Unfortunately, an exotic flavor brings an exotic price. This blend retails for approximately $30 per pound.

Zambia Terranova Estate may be found online, at your local Starbucks establishment, and at the Vulhop household while supplies last. (probably until Wednesday)


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