ZIMBABWE ESTATE SALIMBA GREEN COFFEE BEANS

Assessment:  A delicate low-toned yet balanced coffee, perceptible sweetness throughout the profile. In aroma, pear and hints of flowers & berry. In the cup, lightly chocolate-toned with tart cherry notes in a sweet short finish.  A wonderful example of an African coffee.     Buy Now

Recommended Roast:  Medium/City Roast to Medium Dark/Full City  “Second Crack”. However we liked it best at the beginning of Second Crack. Best in a medium roast which produces a clean taste with balanced acidity.

Medium Roasts (American, Breakfast, Brown, City, Medium) medium light brown beans. The American roast is the most common roast used for cupping and professional coffee tasting. An official Medium or City roast (more common in the Western U.S.) is slightly darker than American (more common in the Eastern and southern U.S.), and is an excellent choice for tasting the differences between most varietals.

Medium-Dark to Dark Roasts (Full City, Light French, Viennese)  Medium dark brown beans. Some oily drops will be present on the surface of the bean when roasted Full City. Full City roasted coffee will exhibit some chocolate or caramel undertones. Light French or Viennese is ever so slightly darker than Full City.

About the Origin:  The Salimba Estate, located at an altitude of 900 – 1,000 meters in Eastern Zimbabwe, first planted coffee in 1955. Located at 20.2° South and 33° East, the soil is sandy clay loam. The average annual rainfall in this area is approximately 1,250mm, which falls mainly between November and April. A small percentage of the annual rainfall comes from their winter mists May through July.

The varieties grown at the Salimba Estate are a mixture of Catimor varieties, with a small percentage of SL28 coffee (10%). They have a program set in place that uproots and replants each field every seven to eight years. This allows the cherries to be harvested from young trees, which are largely disease-free.

All of the coffee is hand-picked as red cherries. To ensure that the coffee is at the best stage for harvesting, the trees are picked approximately ten times over throughout the season. This technique yields a main grade return of about 85%.

Republic of Zimbabwe

Where the coffee harvest is celebrated with a hoedown. 

The highest peak in Zimbabwe, Mount Nyangani at 2,593 m (8,507 ft) is located here as well as the Bvumba Mountains referred to as the “Mountains of the Mist”, (Bvumba is the Shona name for “mist”.) These mountains are known for their coffee plantations

The main coffee district is in Mashonaland a region in northern Zimbabwe, home of the Shona people. Here are The Eastern Highlands, a series of mountainous areas near the border with Mozambique. The Highlands have a cooler and wetter climate than other parts of Africa with higher rainfall, low cloud and heavy mists and dew as moisture moves inland from the Indian Ocean.

Music and dancing in Zimbabwe is an important aspect of the Zimbabwean culture, tradition, spirituality and history. There are many dances that reflect the culture of the people. These dances are self-reflective, for the entire community because all music and dance are communal events. Dance to Zimbabweans is a very spiritual, powerful tool that carries on traditions, and chronicles the important events of their history and culture.

There are three main groups in which the dances of Zimbabwe may be classified. The first is ritualistic. The second is commemorative. The last is griotic, which includes the historical and ritual dramas. Harvest periods are also celebrated with dances.

Zimbabwe officially the Republic of Zimbabwe, is a landlocked sovereign state located in southern Africa, between the Zambezi and Limpopo Rivers. It borders South Africa to the south, Botswana to the west Zambia to the northwest and Mozambique to the east and northeast. The capital and largest city is Harare.

As with most African colonies it had a tumultuous past. An ethnically diverse country of roughly 13 million people, Zimbabwe has 16 official languages with English, Shona, and Ndebele the most commonly used.

The name “Zimbabwe” is based on a Shona term for Great Zimbabwe, an ancient ruined city in the country’s southeast whose remains is now a protected site. The first recorded use of “Zimbabwe” as a term of national reference was in 1960, when it was coined by the black nationalist Michael Mawema, whose Zimbabwe National Party became the first to officially use the name in 1961.

Victoria Falls, is one of the world’s biggest and most spectacular waterfalls, located in the country’s extreme northwest and is part of the Zambezi River bordering Zambia.

David Livingstone, the Scottish missionary and explorer, is believed to have been the first European to view Victoria Falls on 16 November 1855 Livingstone named his discovery in honor of Queen Victoria, but the indigenous name, Mosi-oa-Tunya—”the smoke that thunders”—continues in common usage as well.

It is classified as the largest, based on its combined width of 1,708 meters (5,604 ft) and height of 108 meters (354 ft), resulting in the world’s largest sheet of falling water. Victoria Falls is roughly twice the height of North America’s Niagara Falls and well over twice the width of its Horseshoe Falls.

 

 

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