Tanzania Coffee Beans

Region: East Africa
Profile: Fruity, berry, cedar
Production: 106 million lbs (0.5% global production)
Global Rank: 19
Varieties: 70% Arabica, 30% Robusta, 0% Liberica

Tanzania Coffee Overview

Coffee is Tanzania’s largest exported crop with nine distinct growing regions, only one of which grows Robusta: Bukoba on the northern border near Lake Victoria. Like most East African coffees, Tanzania’s coffee is bright and citrusy, similar to both Kenya and Ethiopia. However, Tanzania’s coffee hasn’t reached the renowned levels of either Kenya or Ethiopia because the crop is more inconsistent.

However, there’s one big exception: Tanzania Peaberry.

Grown on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru at over 4,500 feet elevation, Tanzania Peaberry is like other peaberry coffees around the world, but Tanzania specifically is one of the most famous peaberry beans.

A typical coffee cherry produces two half-moon shaped beans, but peaberry coffee is the result of a natural mutation that produces one spherical bean inside the cherry. This occurs with about 5% of cherries and no one knows exactly why it happens. Peaberry is generally regarded as having a superior flavor for two reasons:

  • More concentrated development in a single bean instead of two
  • Their spherical shape roasts more evenly

If you’ve ever wanted to try peaberry coffee, start with Tanzania.

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Bryan De Luca

I'm Bryan but most people know me as The Coffee Maven. I grew up outside Boston, Massachusetts and received my Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from Providence College. My first introduction to coffee was during my college days, when I used it as a source of caffeine to fuel late-night study sessions, but soon I became obsessed with the chemistry of coffee. How did changes to water temperature or contact time affect its taste? Why do beans from Africa taste fruity while beans from Indonesia taste spicy? I launched The Coffee Maven in February 2017 to explore these questions and help others brew their perfect cup. Welcome to my site, and thanks for reading!