A very cool unique coffee – for fruit forward coffee fans only. This cup is pretty wild and most natural fans will think it to be way cool. High chaff and a bit uneven roasting like most fruit forward natural cups.
Zambia’s Northern Province is home to the country’s highlands, where ancient volcanic soils and natural processing help produce the complex flavor and heavy body of this AAA/AA graded RFA certified coffee. Although wet milling was introduced to the small holder coffee farmers of Mafinga thirty years ago, natural processing has been common throughout the region since the 1950’s, when commercial coffee production began in Zambia, home to the smoke that thunders.
Long before Dr. Livingston arrived to name Victoria Falls after the queen, the people who had lived around this wonder of the natural world for generations had already named it more appropriately, “the smoke that thunders.” The falls thunder into the Zambesi River, which flows east toward Mozambique. But before the river crosses the border, take a left and head north up the Luangwa River. You’ll move through land rich in biodiversity, including the world’s largest concentration of hippos. As the river meanders and the altitude rises you will reach Mafinga plateau and Zambia’s largest coffee growing region which stretches all the way to the border with Tanzania.
A fuller bodied cup with higher acidity and very fruit forward. A fun cup to play with in with in the roaster. Light roasts have a pretty citric acidity upfront that fades into a fruity factor with just a little hint of its chocolaty undertone, clean enough to drink here but be ready for the more floral and acidic front loaded cup profile. Medium roasts are where we thought it shined; jammy body, lots of red fruit like tones balanced with a chocolaty undertone, exotic and sweet. Right around 2nd crack works but burns out much of the fruity and acidic notes that separate this cup from the Washed or Honey processed.
To see it shine as a natural, it is a lighter roast coffee but will have some higher acidity attributes. For most, a nice medium roast, close but not into 2nd crack will have a little bit of all the tastes, really well balanced. A dark roast works decently, more fruit in the aromatics than in the cup at any roast into 2nd crack.