Acacia Hills Estate
Butterscotch & blood orange with a syrupy mouthfeel and smooth finish.
Grown in some of Africa’s most famous landscapes, this coffee does the farm’s rich 50 year history justice. Perched on the slopes of the Ngorongoro Crater, both the farm and coffee of Acacia Hills stand beautiful and compelling. A three hour drive from the city of Arusha in Northern Tanzania, this long term partner of Five Senses is surrounded by some of Africa’s most dramatic, wildlife-filled landscapes. Year on year we’ve been impressed with not only the ever-growing coffee quality, but also the leadership Leon and Aideen have provided to fellow producers and the local community. From hosting a yearly cupping competition inspiring higher standards to supplying fresh water to the local village, Acacia Hills has been sowing impact alongside their delicious coffees.
Tanzania Water Project
After an assessment on water accessibility around Acacia Hills Estate (owned by Portland Roasting Company), it was decided that this was a HUGE need – families were spending six hours a day collecting water. The goal: bring easy water access to over 2000 people!
From building an elephant proof dam to piping water 1.5 miles to the village and setting up multiple 500L tanks, this hasn’t been a small project! Read the most recent report here: Tanzania Water Project
A collaboration that spanned the globe, spearheaded by Portland Global Initiatives (founded by Mark Stell), with Acacia Hills Estate, Portland Roasting Company, and Java Jackets, and a healthy does of support from roasters around the world, such as yours truly.
More on Acacia Hills Estate
This coffee estate in Tanzania is a partnership of growers and roasters. Owned by Mark Stell (Portland Roasting Company) and Leon and Aideen Christianakis (local Tanzanian coffee farmers), this relationship is a powerful combo that works to elevate coffee in the entire Ngorongoro region through a yearly cupping event.
Acacia Hills washing station.
The coffee nursery.
Harvest time at Acacia Hills.