Tanzanian Gombe Reserve from Green Mountain Coffee
As the curious coffee enthusiast that I am, I’ve always wanted to try Green Mountain Coffee. They consistently receive very good ratings from CoffeeReview.com which is impressive to see from a big company. Starbucks certainly doesn’t score as well. I ordered two coffees from them for around $7 per 10 oz. The first one I’m reviewing is called Tanzanian Gombe Reserve. The beans smelled extremely fresh on arrival and appear to be roasted at medium-dark. For those comparing to Starbucks, I would say the roast is just a bit lighter than the average Starbucks roast.
Obviously, this coffee come from Tanzania which is south of two other great coffee producing countries in Africa; Ethiopia and Kenya. The place where this coffee is grown seems to have something to do with Jane Goodall and chimpanzees…but I’ll let you read up on that on your own. Green Mountain says that the coffee has bold tropical fruit flavors and jungle bloom aromas.
Nose: Fruity, like blackberries. Smells like this coffee will have some very nice acidity. Additionally, there are some darker baker’s chocolate scents.
Mouth: Literally, a fruity explosion! My palette is smacked with berry-fruity acidity much akin to strawberries. It’s sweet and tart at the same time. After the berries roll smoothly off my palette a spicy vibe kicks into action; almost like cinnamon and cloves. Not many chocolate flavors here…
The Big Picture: This is a great coffee. It was fresh and flavorful and puts to shame most of the coffee I’ve had from other big companies like Starbucks or Caribou. There is something about this coffee that just puts it on another level. I did find the body to be lacking a bit but with bold acidity like this I don’t miss it too much. It’s so savory and exotic tasting.
Sometimes I specifically plan a pairing for a certain coffee, but most of the time I pair it with whatever I happen to be in the mood for. This time I tried a toasted blueberry bagel with butter on it. The bagel was great, and it actually went well with the fruity nature of the coffee. It smoothed it out, and made the body seem a little bigger that it really was.
Tanzanian Gombe Reserve is a definite recommend. I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of Green Mountain’s coffee and look forward to reviewing the other coffee I ordered. (It’s a Kenyan).