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Tanzania - Kongoni Estate Natural

Size: 250g
Grind: Whole Bean

Tanzania - Kongoni Estate Natural

Varietal – Kent
Preparation – Natural
Location – Oldeani, Karatu District, Manyara Region
Altitude – 1650 masl


It's been quite a while since our last coffee from Tanzania and we are very pleased to be able to bring you a fantastic natural processed coffee from the Kongoni estate. Tanzania is perhaps not as well known for producing great speciality coffees as its neighbours, Kenya, Rwanda and Burundi. Tanzania has a very similar climate, fantastic soil and great coffee varietals. Hopefully we will be able to access more amazing coffee from Tanzania in the coming years.

Farm Overview:

German settlers initially started growing coffee in the area during 1920’s. After the Second World War, the British Administration consolidated the smaller German-owned farms into larger units. Colonel Terence Connor, formerly of the Indian Army named the farm Kongoni and successfully grew coffee and other crops. The farm changed hands late 1960’s and today it is owned and managed by the Aggarwal family.

Kongoni Estate; which incorporates Kiran Coffee Estate and Kilimani Coffee Estate; is an old coffee estate located on the outer slopes of Ngorongoro Crater. The area is dramatic and wild; Elephants, Buffalo and Lion regularly visit the plantation. The region benefits from a cool climate and the farm is heavily shaded, which allows the coffee to develop slowly.

Harvesting and Processing:

Coffee cherries are harvested once a year during the months of July to November. The ripe cherries are hand-picked and collected at a central point. Great care is taken to ensure only the ripe cherries are picked. Harvest is always a very busy time and it is when the neighbouring villagers all come together to help.

To make this natural coffee the cherries are transported to the factory in the centre of the estate for sorting and drying. This natural coffee was commissioned at the end of the season; this suits both the estate and importer/roaster; because it is at the end of the season that the high altitude, slow development coffee is harvested. Naturals take longer to dry down to 12% moisture than Parchment does, the coffee also takes up more space on the drying beds as it needs to be spread thinly and it remains on the drying bed for longer. After drying, the coffee is transported to Moshi for milling. Over the last decade, hard work and investment have lifted both the quantity and the quality of the coffee being produced at Kongoni. With processing and drying being managed within the farm, the quality of Kongoni’s coffee is consistently excellent. The climate, farm biosphere and Kent varietal results in a dense, hard, bourbon arabica whose acidity, body and delicate berry fruity flavours are the signatures of a top natural East African coffee.

Tasting Notes: 

This is an excellent example of a lovely juicy African natural processed coffee. Tasting notes include pineapple, orange and a sweet fruit syrup.


This coffee works well for all brew methods. 

Filter: Dose 15g, water 250g. 

Espresso: Dose 17 gram to 40 gram yield over about 30 seconds. 

This coffee is available as whole bean and pre-ground, but we recommend always grinding fresh before brewing. We sell a range of grinders if you would like to grind this coffee fresh at home. 


    Customer Reviews

    Based on 4 reviews
    Shaun Conner
    Kongoni Estate Coffee

    Excellent coffee from an Estate in Tanzania my family bought in 1947 and developed over 20 years before selling to the current owners.

    aromatic beans with a sweet pleasant note

    When I open the glass Jar, in which freshly roasted beans (as always, thank to Horsham Coffee Roaster!) are kept, the aromatic chocolaty smell drifts out. As I grind the beans, the aroma gets enhanced. Brewed filtered coffee holds the pleasant chocolaty aroma and gives a hint of sweet citrus (orange and pineapple in the description).

    Andy C
    Awesome Coffee

    This coffee has got to be one of the tastiest coffees I’ve had in quite some time. I have brewed at espresso, filter and aeropress, all of them fabulous!


    Tanzania - Kongoni Estate Natural