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Case Study

Each month, we feature a coffee for a discounted price that we think is spectacular and showcases something unique and particularly worth sharing. Really it's the coffee we're most excited about this month. The Case Study Series is designed to make it easy to explore the wide variety of flavours available in specialty coffee. If you want to automatically receive this coffee every month, you can sign up for a subscription here.

Case Study No. 13

Vohora Peaberry, Tanzania

Just in time for summer, we’re featuring an East African coffee that’s fresh, vibrant, and almost sparkling. It makes a complex, sweet and clean cup, and on ice it tastes almost like refreshing iced tea. I find it tastes like apricot, honey, and pear with a touch of something like sage. It has a smooth body but it has this gentle sparkling acidity and finishes clean.

This coffee is named after the Vohora family that runs three farms on the slopes of the Ngongoro Caldera near a town called Karatu. While Neel Vohora oversees the farm operations, his sister Kavita, a licensed coffee quality grader, runs the exporting side of things out of the nearby city of Arusha. It's unusual, particularly in Africa, to see a family company do all the legwork to move the coffee from seed to harvest to exported product, and it’s even more unusual to see it done so well.

This particular lot is made up of all peaberries. A peaberry is formed when the coffee cherry only grows a single seed inside rather than the usual two (like two halves of a peanut), resulting in a smaller fruit with a smaller and rounder seed inside. Some say that you get more intense flavour in peaberries—I don’t find this to necessarily be true, but they do tend to roast a little more evenly than typical coffee beans because of their uniform size and shape.

It’s a beautiful and elegant coffee, and I’m excited to share it this month.

I hope you enjoy this coffee as much as I do.

Matt Johnson
Owner and Roaster
Prototype Coffee