|Varietal:||Kent (KP423), Nyassa|
|Processing:||Washed & dried on African beds|
|Altitude:||1,760-1,950 metres above sea level|
|Region:||West of Oldeani, Karatu District|
|Producer:||Michael & Tina Gehrken|
Blackburn Estate is perched high on the slopes of the Ngorongoro Crater. It has been operating without chemical fertilisers and pesticides since 1998 and is very close to producing fully organic coffee.
Blackburn has its own very well-organised wet milling facility. Water from a spring high on Mount Oldeani supplies 2 reservoirs adjacent to the mill for pulping. All the coffee is dried on raised screens (also known as African beds).
After drying, the coffee from Blackburn is sent for dry milling in Moshi, where it is graded. As in Kenya, coffee in Tanzania is graded according to bean size.
This Shade micro lot was harvested from the shaded coffee plots on Blackburn Estate.