James Gourmet Coffee - tanzania: Ngila estate, Glanmalure Special
Peter James is one of the pioneers of Specialty coffee. He was traveling to origin to meet producers, bringing coffee back and working on roast profiles before there was a specialty scene in the UK.
Founded in 1999 James Gourmet Coffee (JGC) has stayed as a small family business with over half the staff being with the business for over a decade and focussing on specialty, gourmet coffee. JGC were also the very first roaster in the UK to bring coffee in using the Algrano platform, back in 2016.
JGC are a subtle brand, they work on quality every day and don't shout about what they do very much, instead letting the coffee speak for itself. They have been doing this tirelessly and have always been well respected amongst the entire coffee community. Just last month, James Hoffman said in one of his videos that if there was 1 roaster that he had to choose to buy coffee from it would be James Gourmet Coffee. You can see the full story here
I met Peter last year and have been back in a few times since. It's always a pleasure to spend time with a genuinely nice person with such a huge love of coffee. We usually drink coffee in the training room that looks out onto the roastery, maybe cup some offer samples or brew a filter and chat about life and coffee. I always leave with a little more knowledge than I had before and somehow a little more peaceful.
This coffee is fresh off the boat from Tanzania - Specifically from the Ngila estate, located in Arusha region in Northern Tanzania on the slopes of the Ngorongoro Crater. Ngila has set aside 80 hectares of preserved rainforest that reaches 1800m above sea level.
Glanmalure is the name of a specific area of Ngila and this is a well developed lot from the main crop that is representative of the farm. Ngila determines the trees that they are going to pick using a Brix meter, picking is selective and sorting is very intensive.
Roaster - James Gourmet Coffee
Location - Ross-On-Wye, Herefordshire
Coffee Origin - Tanzania
Grower - Ngila Estate
Location - Arusha
Process - Washed
Variety - Kent
Taste notes - Sweet citrus upfront with apple, cranberry and lots of sweetness. It's like brown sugar and honey meets dried stone fruit and some chocolate.
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