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Tanzania Ilomba Supreme AB/AA Washed

Origin Tanzania /

Altitude 1900 masl /

Crop Year 2017 /

Varietal Red Bourbon /

Product Code 5107

About Tanzania Ilomba Supreme AB/AA Washed

Similarly to Rwanda, Tanzania has relatively recently become recognised for its specialty coffee. With increasingly better infrastructure, access to washing stations and farmer organization, Tanzania is consistently producing outstanding coffee. The coffee landscape of Tanzania is complex with huge distances between coffee growing areas and often rugged terrain. 90% of coffee producers in Tanzania are small-holder farmers operating on farms between .5-3 hectares of land. Around half of the nations total volume being produced in southern regions of Mbeya, Mbozi and Mbinga.

This coffee comes from the Ilomba Coffee Group in the District of Mbozi. The area is characterized by rolling mountains, high altitude and rich volcanic soils that produce a incredibly vibrant flavor profile reminiscent to a Kenyan and washed Ethiopian . Historically, the large majority of coffee produced in Mbozi has been home washed due to the lack of washing stations, quality intensification and of course organisation and cooperation among producers.

After ripe cherry is harvested, immature green cherry is picked out. Then the over-ripe cherry is separated in flotation tanks and only prime red cherry is sent to pulpers. Pulped parchment is fermented for 24-48 hours depending on the local weather conditions at the time. Then the clean, washed parchment is sent for drying. All the coffee is dried on raised beds anywhere from 15-22 days prior to dry milling.

About Tanzania

Tanzania produces between 30-40,000 metric tons of coffee per year (70% Arabica, 30% Robusta). The three main Arabica growing regions are in the North/Kilimanjaro, Mbeya and the Matengo Highlands (Mbinga).

More than 90% of Tanzania’s coffee is produced by 400,000 smallholder farmers. Larger estates are found in Arusha, Kilimanjaro and Mbeya regions.

The harvesting season in Tanzania usually lasts from July to December, though slightly earlier in the case of Mbeya. Green coffee is sold either through the Moshi auction or direct to buyers. Coffee is shipped to buyers out of the major ports of Dar es Salaam and Tanga.


March 13, 2017

General Comments: Big bodied cup of dark fruits, prunes, blackcurrant jam & cocoa.