The Acacia Hills Coffee Estate is a successful coffee producer located just outside the Ngorongoro Crater in northern Tanzania. The domain itself is the highest in the region. It was by putting the botanical varieties Geisha and Pacamara at its summit that they broke the height record which is now at 1,900 meters above sea level. Founded more than 70 years ago, it was only since 2007 that Mark Stell of the Portland Roasting Company and Aideen and Leon Christianakis (Tanzanian coffee growers) decided to buy the estate and reinvigorate it with a more “specialist” approach.
The cherries are carefully picked before being placed in the on-site washing station. The new Penagos washing station then sorts the cherries at the same time as they are pulped. Afterwards the coffee will be fermented for 12 to 18 hours before being finally washed in fresh water and dried on African raised beds for up to 14 days.
The botanical variety Pacamara is the ideal variety for growing coffee at very high altitudes. Thanks to this height that the plants grow more slowly and have more time to develop their unique taste. The result of a cup of this coffee will give you distinct notes of berries, orange, lime and also chocolate and honey.