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Malawi Mzuzu Cooperative

Africa Malawi

Received 6/20/2017

Everyone in the shop is raving about Malawi Mzuzu.  Back after a years' long absence, you are going to love this one!

Typical of African coffees, the aroma is sweet.  Think raisin, caramelized sugar, and campfire toasted marshmallows.  There is a hint of applewood smoke.  The body is full, smooth, and silky.  Great texture.  In the cup, you'll notice notes of sweet, fruity vanilla.  The finish is deep, from the warm heart of Africa:   exotic, dark, buttery, burnt sugar.  Pair this coffee with bacon (or facsimile) for a real treat.

"It's good!" - Brett

"Makes your mouth tingle!" - Shayna

Aroma: Smoky Applewood, raisin, toasted marshmallow
Body: Full, Smooth, Silky
Cup: Sweet, dried fruit, vanilla
Finish: Dark, buttery, burnt sugar

About this Coffee


About this Coffee

GROWER: Mzuzu Coffee Planters Cooperative Union
REGION: Chitipa & Mzimba District, Northern Region, Malawi
ALTITUDE: 1,300 – 2,000 meters
PROCESS: Fully washed and dried in the sun
VARIETY: Gesha, Nyika
HARVEST: June - August
SOIL: Clay minerals

This coffee is sourced from family-owned farms organized around the Mzuzu Coffee Planters Cooperative Union, which is an umbrella organization operating in the North Region, Malawi. The Northern Region shares a border with Lake Malawi, one of the African Great Lakes known for its rich diversity of wildlife. The Mzuzu cooperative provides support to 3000 members in six regional cooperatives where the average producer cultivates .5 hectares of land. The Mzuzu cooperative emphasizes gender equity and supports community improvement projects, including the construction of a hospital with the help of coffee premiums.

The Republic of Malawi is a long, narrow country near Africa’s eastern shoreline, located south of Tanzania, bordered to the west by Zambia and mostly surrounded on its southern borders by Mozambique. Much of its eastern border is actually along the shores of Lake Malawi, the southernmost African Great Lake. Lake Malawi is home to more species of fish than any other lake in the world, including 700 species of cichlids alone.

Along the hills that dot the countryside, coffee, tobacco, cotton, peanuts, and tea are grown. This lot contains coffee from two of the northern growing regions, a mix of microlots grown by smallholders. The Mzuzu Coffee Planters Cooperative Union, established in 2006, is home to nearly 3000 farming families, members of their local cooperatives, each with its own centralized washing stations.

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