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Tanzania Mbozi Iyenga

Peach, lilac, lemongrass.

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Floral, complex, this coffee features sweet aromas of peach and almond brittle, leading to a juicy cup loaded with lilac and almond bark. Lemongrass acidity and kiwi-like sweetness finish with dark chocolate and hints of melon and cedar.

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Mbozi District, Mbeya
Iyenga AMCOS
Smallholder producers
1500 m
Washed Process

Meet Smallholder producers

PT’s Coffee Roasting Co. is offering some mighty fine coffees from Tanzania this spring, like this one from the southern highlands where smallholders are catching the notice of specialty importers and roasters. This is great, because most coffee markets are in the north of the country. In order to sell there, Mbozi growers risk losing the traceability of their unique product, since coffees shipped north are usually mixed in with other lots and screened for size.

With the involvement of importers and roasters, and such nonprofit organizations as, things are looking better for these farmers, one step at a time. What can coffee lovers do to help that process? Sample these southern Tanzanian offerings! The more the demand for their coffees, the better the quality of life for these hard-working growers.

Mbozi District, Mbeya, Tanzania, United Republic of

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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PT's Coffee Roasting Co. has won many awards, including Roast Magazine's 2009 "Roaster of the Year" and a 2012 Good Food Award medal. Building on a history so solid, PT's is pushing into the future of the coffee industry with promise and momentum.

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