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Kilimanjaro (Tanzania) - Dark Roast

Kilimanjaro (Tanzania) - Dark Roast

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Boarding Pass Coffee’s Kilimanjaro roast is a complex cup profile with notes of dark chocolate and red currant, and a nutty finish.
These rare peaberry coffee beans actually come from the slopes of the world’s tallest freestanding mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro. Peaberries result when only one seed grows inside the coffee cherry (as opposed to two as is more normally occurring). This means that there is extra space to grow, and a fuller and rounder see is produced, hence the name “peaberry.” Peaberries require hand-sorting and are considered to have more complex and superior flavor profiles. 

Three award winning multi-generational Tanzanian farms come together to produce these beans. These farms are essential to the local community, much like the trekkers who come to ascend Kili, as the mountain is affectionately known.

Our Kilimanjaro roast has a strong and resilient flavor, solid and dependable to prepare you to conquer any challenges ahead! 

Get ready to reach new heights with Boarding Pass Coffee’s Kilimanjaro roast!

Flavor Notes: Dark Chocolate, Red Currant

Altitude: 1350-1750 meters / 4429-5741 feet 

Variety: Peaberry - Bourbon, Kent

Process: Washed


Kili is not for the faint of heart. At 19,341 feet above sea level, this dormant volcano beckons adventure seekers from around the globe.

Trekking to the summit is an arderous challenge. Due to it’s length and steep elevation gains, routes up Kili last between 4 to 8 days. Guides and porters are required, and their stamina and fitness is admired by many trekkers. 

The final push to the summit at Uhuru Point commences in the middle of the night.  Trekkers rise and dress in the cold, with hardly any sleep. Many struggle through side effects of oxygen deprivation (headache, shortness of breath, loss of appetite, nausea).  Despite it all, they’ve come this far and so they start marching in the pitch black darkness, one step at a time, with headlamps illuminating only a few inches ahead. Legs cramp and feet feel heavy like lead. It’s a monumental effort just lifting and advancing each and every step. The final push to the summit is a mental feat as much as physical and the constant reminders of ‘Pole Pole’ (‘Slow, Slow’ in Swalili) rings out amidst heavy breathing and boots slipping on gravel. 

Finally, the summit comes into view as dawn breaks. Bodies become invigorated. Tears freeze on cheeks as cold wind whips and stirs up euphoria of finally, finally conquering the mountain. 

After the jubilation and obligatory photos are snapped, the descent begins. Some trekkers are so focused on overcoming altitude sickness and the physical effort of mountain climbing that they forget they need to get back down! It’s downhill and provides for more oxygen, but strenuous just the same. The final night is on the descent and spent celebrating with the guides and porters singing songs in Swahili. 

Back at base, you’ll see filthy, glowing faces and hear the common refrain, “The best thing I’ll never do again.”
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