|Region||Songwe, Mbozi District|
|Lot Name||Mbozi Gold|
|Varietal||Kent & Bourbon|
Mkulima Kwanza is a Co-operative of smallholder coffee growers in the Songwe region of Southern Tanzania creating social change through quality coffee. The Co-operative was established in 2017 in partnership with Communal Shamba, a social enterprise working with coffee growers throughout Tanzania’s Southern Highlands.
This particular lot of just 5 bags was grown on Communal Shamba’s own farm, which is called ‘Shaji’ and is 5 hectares in size. The coffee is a blend of Kent, a highly productive variety introduced into Tanzania in the 1920’s, and Bourbon, a variety renowned for its sweetly acidic cup profile. This particular coffee has been named Mbozi Gold, due to the meticulous picking, sorting and processing method involved with its production. During harvest cherries were hand-selected for their ripeness, before being processed using the Washed method. This involves washing and floating the cherries to separate any that are under or over ripe, before pulping the coffee to remove the outer skin. The resulting parchment is then fermented to remove the sticky resulting mucilage surrounding the seed, before being washed again and dried in the sun.
The mixed varieties and washed processing method enhances both the complexity and bright acidity of this special coffee. This comes through in blackcurrant and sweet raspberry flavours in the cup which is underpinned by a backdrop of black tea and chocolate. It is rare to find such clarity in coffee from Tanzania, which is testament to the hard work and meticulous processing employed by Communal Shamba and Mkulima Kwanza in the production of this lot.
By growing and processing great quality coffee together as a community, Mkulima Kwanza have been able to get better prices for their coffees which creates a higher income for member farmers and their families. Profits generated through the sale of coffee are reinvested into the local community. They are used to improve local maternal health facilities, developing infrastructure at the nearby Ihowa Primary School and creating local employment, with over 50 jobs being generated in 2020 alone.Go back to shop