Coffee Craft: Planting the Seeds

Coffee seeds are planted in large beds in shaded nurseries.

After sprouting, seedlings are removed from the beds to be planted in individual pots in carefully formulated soils. They will be watered frequently and shaded from bright sunlight until they are hearty enough to be permanently planted.

Planting often takes place during the wet season, so that the soil around the young sprouting plants remains moist while the roots become firmly established.

Gradually, the saplings become young trees.


Kilimanjaro Tanzania Roasted Coffee Beans 250g

Net Weight: 250g

Grown in the fertile volcanic soil of Mount Kilimanjaro, this renowned and highly desirable bean has hints of bittersweet dark chocolate. A deep and luxurious coffee to savour.

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Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, is a dormant volcano and is actually the world’s highest free-standing peak at c. 6000m above sea level.

At the peaks there exist permanent snow and glaciers.

In the foothills, corn and wheat are cultivated, then as ascending again we arrive at the coffee zone of 1000 to 1800 metres – as usual, the higher altitudes delivering the cooler temperatures that the best coffee demands.
Coffee grows on the slopes of the ‘Chagga’ tribal lands, the Chagga being the indigenous ethnic group living on and farming the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Today’s perfect agricultural conditions are the result of thousands of years of expert terracing, irrigation and organic fertilising. Their primary export cash crop is high-quality coffee.

Dry processed, the coffee cherries are harvested and laid out in the sun to ripen and are constantly turned over to ensure even drying. Can only be harvested in the warmer dry season between June and September.
Our Kilimanjaro coffee beans are lightly roasted and are characterised by having a medium body and acidity (lower than its neighbouring Kenyan coffees), with a soft, sweet undertone. Hints of bittersweet dark chocolate and fruit.

It’s a deep and luxurious coffee resulting from the minerals present in the volcanic soil, the unique micro-climate of the Kilimanjaro slopes helps the aromatic development of the coffee.
An excellent choice for a cafetiere after dinner.

The sweet and chocolately character of this coffee stands alone, or perhaps with a square of a good quality dark Belgian chocolate.
The following guidance assumes the use of a cafetiere – we can provide other grinds if you prefer.

Freshly ground Kilimanjaro coffee to a course grind.

Use 2 tablespoons of ground coffee per 220ml [an average mug or large cup size].

Filtered water is best, poured on the coffee just under the boiling point.

Brew for 3 to 5 minutes.
If you would like you coffee beans to be freshly ground by our team, please add your requirement at the checkout.

Grind level options are:

1: Extra Fine - for Turkish
3: Fine - for Espresso Machine
5: Medium - for Drip
7: Medium-Course - for Home Coffee Maker
9: Course - for Cafetiere
Origin: Tanzania

Bean: 100% Arabica

Body: 3/5

Acidity: 3/5

Roast: Medium
We are happy to grind your beans for you of course - your ground coffee will remain at its best for a few weeks once opened. If you plan to use over an extended period, we recommend buying whole beans and to then grind only the exact amount required for each drinking occasion. Using a 'burr' grinder avoids heating up the beans as regular blade grinders do.

Store your beans or your ground coffee in an airtight container, in a cool [not refrigerated], dark place, away from other flavours. This will best preserve your coffee’s freshness and flavours.


The Story of the French Press

A little like the tea bag, what came to be known as the French Press was probably invented by accident.

Legend has it that an unnamed Frenchmen was preparing a pot of coffee on an open fire in the 1850s, when he realised he forgotten to add the coffee first. Adding it later meant the coffee grounds sat on the surface and wouldn’t brew properly. So, with a metal stick, he pushed a small piece of metal screen to the bottom, carrying with it the coffee grounds. Expecting the worst, the coffee was the best he had ever had. A new way of brewing coffee was invented.
Maybe that’s what happened.

What is true is the first patent issued for a coffee making device that closely resembles the modern French Press was by Attilio Callimani in 1929, an Italian from Milan, by which time Italian’s referred to it as a Cafetiere.

Nowadays, cafetieres are generally made with Borosilicate glass, which is very strong, together with stainless steel. It’s a cost effective and easy way of making an outstanding cup of coffee.

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  • FAQ

    What is the difference between Robusta beans and Arabica beans?
    Robusta and Arabica are simply the 2 main species of the coffee plant. Arabica is thought to be indigenous to Arabia and grows best at higher altitudes with shade and rainfall required, thus tending to be a little more expensive than the easier to grow Robusta. Arabica now accounts for the majority of coffee consumed, because the flavour is smooth and has a natural sweetness, with chocolate and berry undertones, whereas robusta can be quite bitter with a slightly burnt after taste - but is higher in caffeine and produces a better crema in an espresso.

    What sort of grind should I buy – I know there are different grades. Or should I buy beans?
    If you are an occasional coffee drinker then you probably don’t have a coffee bean grinder, in which case, the grind to buy depends on how you intend to brew your coffee. A French Press or Cafetiere requires a course grind and a longer brew, whilst making in the Turkish style means extra fine is required for this distinctive very strong brew. Do make sure you keep your ground coffee in a cool, dark place, well wrapped up. A coffee grinder can be good investment that allows you to buy beans which stay fresher for longer.

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