Mara, Tanzania, United Republic of
In Tanzania, distances are vast; the Mara region is a stone’s throw from the Kenyan districts of Migori, Trans Mara and Kisiit, south lies the Serengeti, and more than 1200 km of dry dusty roads stretch between Mara district and the port of Dar Es Salaam. However, the clean, fresh, highgrown coffee from this region is worth the transport.
Coffee made its Tanzanian debut via French missionaries in the late 1800s. Soil here is rich and coffee-friendly, rainfall is generous, and steep hills and microclimates lend themselves to growing coffee with a winey, sweet terroir. Often sharing space with tea bushes, 90% of the country’s coffee is produced by smallholders who can either process their cherries on their own farms with a hand pulper or at central processing units like Muriba, then can sell them directly to private companies or to co-ops.