Home roasted Tanzanian coffee!

The other day, I got a message from one of my Finnish friends, Eero Halme. He had received some green coffee beans from Tanzania and was roasting them at home. He asked me if I’d like to get a sample. Oh yes, please!

A couple of days later, the mailman brought me a package that said: Bongo Kahawa, 100% Arabica, harvested: April 2019 in Kagera, Tanzania. The beans were small and beautiful. Eero had been kind enough to roast my sample (”Harri Huovinen edition”!) on the lighter side, at about 1–2 on the scale of 5.

As I ground the beans, I got some very nice odors of aromatic wood, some spiciness reminiscent of light cigar leaf, maybe a hint of red berries, and—believe it or not—beef jerky (!).

From the get-go, it was apparent that this was going to be a very savory coffee. Indeed, the overall flavour was on the dry side. Perhaps fortunately, the beef jerky took the back seat, while the aromatic woodiness and the cigar leaf were the main players. There was also a woody, dryish flavor which made me think of pencil shavings. The berries were nowhere to be found, but I did detect a tiny hint of vanilla in the background. I found it quite pleasant!

Thank you so much, Eero! It was truly a great experience. Good luck with your roasting!

2 kommenttia artikkeliin ”Home roasted Tanzanian coffee!

  1. Eero Halme sanoo:

    Dear Harri,

    Ahsante sana kaka! Thank you brother for taking the time to review one of my first coffee roasts. I can confirm all of the observations and I believe you have found the actual descriptions for the tastes I was unable to name before. ’Pencil shaving’ was such a sharp, pun not intended, observation it felt like a revelation to me. And the beef jerky: I knew it, I thought I was crazy but the odor is truly beefy right after grinding and yes: does indeed take the back seat once brewed. All the other observations except maybe for the berriness, which is probably just a lack of my sophistication, were also spot on! At least as far as I’m concerned.

    Being very occasional coffee drinker myself I especially appreciate the fact that Bongo is now fetured alongside the likes of Lauritsala French Roast by Lehmus Roastery and various Arvid Nordquist, some of the best Finnish coffees. Now I feel encouraged to try a darker roast and see if there’s an actual breakthrough to be made , I’ll keep you updated if there is.

    Sincerely, Eero



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