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Tanzania Tweega AB Washed

Origin Tanzania /

Altitude 1600-1900 masl /

Crop Year 2016 /

Varietal Red Bourbon /

Product Code 4099

About Tanzania Tweega AB 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 a 62 member farmer group called Bwenda Best Cooperative in the Ileje District of Mbeya. The Ileje District is nestled within the stunning Livingstone Mountain Range in the nations ————. The area is characterised by rolling mountains, high altitude and rich volcanic soils that produce a incredibly vibrant flavour profile reminiscint to a Kenyan and washed Ethiopian . Historcially, the large majority of coffee produced in Ileje has been home washed due to the lack of washing stations, quality insentivisation and of course organisation and cooperation amongst producers.

After successfully receiving ownership of their own wet-­mill in 2011, Bwenda Best approached our partners at ‘Tembo’ for a start-­up loan for repairs and working capital. Bwenda now expects to operate at full capacity, producing 20,000 kgs of fully washed parchment with stringent grading specifications and specialty preperation. In addition to its unique coffee, the community of Ileje is also known in the region for its tea, cinnamon, coriander, cocoa, bananas, and pineapples.

After ripe cherry is harvested by these small farmers, immature green cherry is picked out. Then the over-ripe cherry is separated in floatation 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.

85/100

March 13, 2017

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