Mwika North Cooperative
Intense and complex, with a juicy body, syrupy sweetness and notes of blackberry, caramel and grapefruit.
|Producer||The 300 members of the Mwika North Cooperative, as well as contributions from 150 non-member farmers.|
|Roast Recommendation||Medium to Dark|
|Growing Altitude||1,400-1,800 meters|
|Variety||Bourbon, Kent and Nyasa|
|Flavors||Blackberry, grapefruit, caramel|
|Aroma||Citrus and sugar|
ABOUT THIS COFFEE
Every once in a while you have a coffee that causes a big smile and makes your toes curl. This is one of those sort of coffees! We roast it to bring out the strong blackberry, grapefruit, and caramel flavors. Our Tanzanian is a flavorful journey from start to finish and its natural sweetness will both surprise and delight you.
This coffee has that great taste typically associated with the Kilimanjaro region, but with an added complexity that one really hopes to find in these small microlots. This coffee is one that will definitely stand apart in your coffee experience, but that's why you wanted to try it anyway!
ABOUT THE REGIONThe Mwika North Farmer Group was established in 1984 as a cooperative and as a member of the larger Kilimanjaro Native Co-operative Union (KNCU) — the very first cooperative in Tanzania. The KNCU was established in 1925, shortly after the arrival of coffee in Tanzania.
In 2004, Mwika North became one of the first organic certified producer groups in the Kilimanjaro region.The producers still take pride in following organic farming standards, and this coffee has EU Organic certification status (though not U.S.).
Coffee remains an important cash crop for farmers in the Lelo village and its surroundings, and in 2015 the group commissioned a CPU (central processing unit), which it expects will help it to increase its production yields.
Tanzania is the largest country in East Africa — slightly larger than two Californias — with Kenya to its north, Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia to the south, and the Indian Ocean along its east coast.
The Kilimanjaro region, in the north, shares a border with Kenya. It’s renowned for its rich volcanic soils and plentiful rainfall, which are ideal for growing coffee growing. The main rains fall from April through July, with a short rain in November.
Mwika, just east of Mount Kilimanjaro National Park, is about 8 miles from the Kenya border.