Atlas Coffee Club Tanzania Review

By

Bryan Huynh

on February 27, 2024

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Ever wonder what coffee from Africa may taste like? Is it worth a shot? Picture yourself in the East African country known as Tanzania. It is known for its vast wilderness areas and natural wonders. The coffee produced from Tanzania is vibrant with sweet berry and fruity tasting notes. We’ve taste tested a ton of different coffee and can confidently say that this is one of the best, especially if you enjoy the taste of light-medium roasts.

The amount of effort behind each and every package can be tasted with each brew. Roasted fresh to order, Atlas Coffee Club allows you to taste the top 1% of the world’s best coffee, and single origin coffee. Satisfaction guarantee. To learn more about this specific roast, continue reading below! Check out our Coffee Club page to compare and read reviews of our favorite coffee clubs.

Background

In the 16th century, coffee was brought to Tanzania through Ethiopia. Robusta coffee beans have historically been steamed with herbs and chewed as a stimulant. Coffee beans were treated as payment by indigenous tribes and were primarily overseen by tribal chiefs. Arabica coffee became increasingly popular after French missionaries planted 10 million seedlings of coffee plants around Kilimanjaro in the late 1800s. Today, specialty Tanzanian coffee brings forth a unique taste for coffee lovers all over the world. 

Summary 

If you are looking for a coffee that is both unique yet familiar, Tanzania is the perfect choice. With persistent dark-red fruit notes, you can definitely taste a hint of chocolate

Sub-Region: Mbozi, Mbeya, Utengule

Altitude: 1400-1800 Meters

Body: Medium

Acidity: Bright, Pungent, Citric

Processing: Washed, Sun-dried

Tasting Notes: Tart Cherry, Blood Orange, Black Tea

Flavor Profile: Sweet Plum, Chocolate, Bright Red Fruits

Aroma: Burgundy, Chocolate, Vanilla

Pros

  • High quality coffee from around the world! (In this case, Tanzania) 
  • Atlas pays above Fair Trade pricing and supports global sustainability.
  • The presentation and packaging is wonderful. Bags are customized with one-of-a-kind patterns based by the showcased country.
  • There are no allergens: the only ingredient is coffee.

Cons

  • Just one coffee is featured each month
  • May not be the cheapest option to receive your coffee.
  • No option for super dark roasts

Buying the Product

The shipping box from Atlas Coffee Club arrived with a strong, aromatic smell! Inside the box, it includes a selection of the world's greatest single origin coffees, monthly coffee and postcard from a different location, with tasting notes for each batch. This specific shipment box included Keurig Compatible Coffee Pods! The delivery process was quick and simple, you can expect to receive it in 3-6 business days.

To begin, simply sign up for the subscription to Atlas Coffee Club:

  1. Select the amount of bags you want per shipment
  2. Select the frequency in which you want the shipment to come
  3. Choose your preferred roast (Light to medium, Medium to dark, or all roast types)
  4. Choose your preferred grind type (Whole bean, ground, or coffee pods)

Tanzania provides excellent quality coffee. Tanzanian coffee beans taste great when left to roast for a longer duration of time, unlike some other high-quality coffees that should not be left to reach the dark roast zone. They also work really nicely in medium roast. I recommend purchasing freshly roasted coffee beans while they are still offered. Avoid the ones that have been sitting on shelves. Coffee is a product that loses taste once it is roasted. Consider how long they have been sitting on the shelves or in warehouses.

Learn more about Atlas Coffee Club here.

Results

From the moment I opened up the packaging, I could tell that they put a lot of thought and effort into it. It was as if I traveled across the country to bring back this unique coffee. After the first sip, I was absolutely hooked. I did not want to go back to my old, boring coffee. Personally, I would give the Atlas Coffee Club Tanzania a cupping score of 88/100. Based on the Total Score Quality Classification, it would be considered excellent, also known as a specialty coffee.

Cupping Scores

The Cupping Form allows you to note the following coffee flavor qualities: Fragrance/Aroma, Flavor, Aftertaste, Acidity, Body, Balance, Uniformity, Clean Cup, Sweetness, Defects, and Overall. These are evaluated on a 16-point scale indicating quality levels in quarter-point increments ranging from 6 to 9. To score your coffee, go through each specific flavor attribute and mark the points based on your own personal appraisal. 

Quality Scale

  • Good: 6-6:75
  • Very good: 7 - 7.75
  • Excellent: 8 - 8.75
  • Outstanding: 9 - 9.75

The Final Score is calculated by adding the individual scores for each of the key criteria in the "Total Score" box. Defects are then subtracted from the “Total Score” to arrive at a “Final Score.” The Scoring Key below has shown to be an effective technique to represent the range of coffee quality for the Final Score.

Total Score Quality Classification

  • Outstanding: 90-100
  • Excellent: 85-89.99
  • Very Good: 80-84.99
  • Good: <80

(Outstanding, excellent, and very good are considered Specialty coffee, while anything below that is not.)

Bottom Line

Tanzania is an intriguing yet rising source of high-quality coffee. They make excellent coffee. Tanzania is well-known for producing high-quality coffee, which is why many coffee enthusiasts enjoy it. If you haven’t taste tested the Atlas Coffee Club Tanzania yet, this is definitely your sign to go do so. Not only will it ship straight to your house, the buying process is quick and easy. This is best suited for those who enjoy a cup of light to medium roasts. In a swift 3-6 days, you will receive your hand picked and hand crafted box including a Tanzania postcard, info card, and your selection of grind type. Grown at an altitude of 1,400- 1,800 meters, this bright, pungent coffee develops notes of tart cherry, blood orange, black tea, sweet plum, chocolate, and bright red fruits. Believe me when I say this, you can definitely taste each and every flavor note listed if you analyze your sips!

Don’t know if this coffee is for you? Need an alternative? Or are you simply looking for more coffee reviews? We’ve taste-tested a ton of coffee. Check these out: 

Atlas Coffee Kenya AA Nyeri Blend Review

Atlas Coffee Club India Review

Atlas Coffee Papua New Guinea Blend Review

Atlas Coffee Club Rwanda Review

About the Author

Product Tester & Writer

Bryan Huynh

Product Tester & Writer

Bryan Huynh is a determined Product Tester & Writer. Being a coffee addict, it is only right that he mainly tests and reviews different coffee from around the world and coffee subscription services.

Bryan Huynh is a determined Product Tester & Writer. Being a coffee addict, it is only right that he mainly tests and reviews different coffee from around the world and coffee subscription services.