Tanzania Karatu - August 2022 Roaster's Choice
Kongoni Estate was established in 1944 by German settlers on the northern slopes of the Ngorongoro crater, with abundant rainfall and has deep rich volcanic soils. In the valleys between the foothills, there are rivers and lush green foliage where the animals from the Ngorongoro conservation frequently wander.
Over 220 hectares on the estate is dedicated coffee out of the 1600 hectares. On the estate, coffee cherries are hand-picked then sorted for only red ripe cherries, weighed then passed through a disc pulper. After this they are fermented in tanks for 72 hours, washed, then dried on raised drying beds.
Coffees are turned regularly and checked to ensure they receive enough sunshine to sustain the drying process which takes 18 to 20 days to complete the drying process.
The coffee is then stored in conditioning bins for a number of weeks before being taken to the local dry mill for hulling and grading.