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Tanzania Mutwari AB Washed

Origin Tanzania /

Altitude 1900 masl /

Crop Year 2017 /

Varietal Red Bourbon /

Product Code 4760.01

About Tanzania Mutwari AB Washed

Similarly to Rwanda, Tanzania has only recently become recognised for its specialty coffees. With increasingly better infrastructure, access to washing stations and farmer organization, Tanzania is now consistently producing high-quality specialty-grade coffees.

The coffee production landscape of Tanzania is complex with huge distances between coffee growing areas and often very rugged terrain. 90% of coffee producers in Tanzania are from small-holder operating on farms between 0.5-3 hectares in size. Around half of the nations total volume is produced in southern regions of Mbeya, Mbozi and Mbinga.

Smallholder farmers who produce our Mutwari coffees are represented by self-organized producer groups. These groups have been assisted by our export partners in Tanzania. The work beyond the standard lending and purchasing relationship with producers and with over 5,000 farmers from 50 groups enrolled in an Agribusiness Training Program. These farmers are learning how to maximize their income potential by improving their yields and leveraging transparent business practices to secure fair payments and quality bonuses.

Mutwari lots are sourced from around the Mbeya region. Mebeya is nestled within the stunning Livingstone Mountain Range in the nations South. The area is characterised by rolling mountains, high altitude and rich volcanic soils that produce a vibrant flavor profile reminiscent of a Kenyan or washed Ethiopian. Historically, the large majority of coffee produced around the Mbeya has been home-washed due to the lack of washing stations, quality incentive, organisation and cooperation among producers.

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.