Cush Coffee is the line of exclusive and rare coffees from artisan roaster Johnny Milton. You can find him online spreading the word of the slow coffee movement on Twitter and on the community site Coffee Oath.
I can’t think of a single Cush Coffee that I didn’t like. He’s sent me dark roasts and I’m not a dark roast drinker. He’s sent me Robusta beans, generally the inferior type of coffee beans that are bitter and bland, but these beans changed the way I’ll look at Robusta from now on.
So when Mr. Milton asked me if I had some room in the kitchen to try some new coffees, of course I said yes. However, that doesn’t mean that he gets a free pass.
Background From The Roaster
Lunji Estate is located in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania’s Mbeya Region, at the foot of the Mbeya Peak; at 2830 m, one of the highest mountains in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania. The area is of exceptional beauty and very diverse in flora and fauna. Best times of the year to visit are May to July and November / December.
About Lunji Estate:
85 hectares of sandy loams to sandy clay loams
Bourbon-Arabica varietals of Tanzanian and Kenyan cultivars under shade of indigenous species
Various planting densities but distance between the rows is between 2.7 and 3 meters
Altitude range is 1500-1700 meters above sea level
Average rainfall of 1250 mm per year
Flowering usually occurs September to November, depending on irrigation and onset of rains
Harvest generally occurs between May and August
About 5% of the annual yield at Lunji Estate is Peaberry. Normally the coffee at Lunji Estate is fully washed and naturally fermented before rack sun-drying. In the case of our peaberry micro-lot, the coffee is dried inside the fruit (natural process) and hulled before storing in parchment.
Cup profile includes a balanced body, pineapple acidity, strong lavender / floral notes, and a persistently sweet aftertaste.
The Tanzania Peaberry Natural Microlot from Cush Coffee started with an inviting aroma, fruit, but not a fruit explosion like other Peaberry coffees that I’ve tried, especially the ones from eastern African countries like Tanzania. This was more of a mild scent with sweet blueberries, tart limes and plums. Creamy milk chocolate and marshmallow hints rounded out the aroma that had my mouth watering.
The sip was darker than I expected from the aroma. It wasn’t a dark Italian roast, but it wasn’t as light as the aroma led me to believe. The roast brought out darker chocolate flavors, spices and a dark red wine flavor mixed in.
The sip was smooth with a light body.
A six ounce bag of Tanzania Peaberry Natural Microlot from Cush Coffee is $14 online. It’s not cheap, especially for six ounces, however the focus here is definitely on quality and not quantity.
Tanzania Peaberry Natural Microlot from Cush Coffee earned a well above average 3.75 (out of 5) on the Daily Shot Of Coffee scale. It wasn’t what I expected from a Peaberry. If you like trying new coffees, this is one you should add to your list.
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