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Tanzania Mbeya Mwalyego

Grilled lemon, black tea, malt.

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Aromas of red grape, grilled lemon, and cinnamon segue to notes of bergamot and black tea in the cup and a soft, juicy body. Malt sweetness and Meyer lemon acidity finish out with lingering dark chocolate and cooling fresh mint.

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Mwalyego AMCOS Cooperative
Smallholder producers
1500 m
Washed Process

Meet Smallholder producers

Mwalyego Co-op is small—about 130 members—but they’re working on improving infrastructure and share expertise and technology with other co-op societies. Membership is going up, though harvest is down.

New regulations in Tanzania require all coffees go through the national auction. This is both good and bad news. It’s a good system for transparency and price discovery, and there may be more help for farmers. However, exporters may now lack incentive to provide services to help farmers improve their crops, and any additional premiums earned must go toward community works rather than extra income for members.


In Southern Tanzania between Lake Tanganyika on the north and Lake Malawi to the south, we find Mbeya, the largest producer of Arabica in Tanzania’s five coffee growing regions. Mbeya is divided into four districts/subregions--Mbeya, Mbozi, Rungwe, and Ileje.

Coffee production itself is divided into three categories as well--smallholders processing their own coffee on site, smallholders processing their cherries at central mills/washing stations, and coffee grown on the larger estates. Often, farmer-processed coffees are not up to specialty standards, though some growers are changing that. For smallholders, washing stations/mills give the best chance for quality processing.

In Mbeya, the main variety of Arabica grown is Bourbon, known as Mbozi locally. The region enjoys a subtropical highland climate—humid, warm summer seasons and dry, cooler winters. The rainy season lasts from March to May, and annual rainfall averages a bountiful 35 inches.



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