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Malawi Mzuzu AA - Grain and Grind

Malawi Mzuzu AA

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Coffee Name

Malawi Mzuzu AA

Bean Type

Geisha, Catimor 129 (Nyika)

Processing Method

Washed

Harvest

May - Oct

Altitude

1200 – 2000 mtrs

Origin

Northern Malawi

Description

Malawi is a landlocked country located in between Zambia and Mozambique

and shares a border with Tanzania in the north. It is characterised by the

Great Rift Valley which traverses the country from North to South.

Mzuzu Cooperative Union members are located in the Northern highlands

of Malawi and almost 80% of the coffee is grown on terraces by smallholder

farmers. There are 3,000 members, of which 25% are women and have

been growing coffee since the early 1930s. The Union was formed in 2007,

and prior to this was operated by the Government as a Smallholder Coffee

Authority.  The union comprises of six cooperatives: 

Misuku hill bordering Tanzania (1700 to 2000m) 

Phoka Hills (1300 -2500m)

Viphya hills (1200 – 1500m)

Nkhata Bay highlands overlooking Lake Malawi (1000 -2000m)

South East Mzimba on the south of Viphya plateau (1200 to 1700m)

Ntchisi East (1200-1800m).

Mzuzu’s aim is that every smallholder farmer has good accommodation

(iron roof, cement floor, plastered, adequate ventilation), three meals a day,

adequate warm clothing, a warm home and are able to send their children to

school.

Cherries are harvested at dawn and brought to be pulped in the early

afternoon. Careful washing and grading is carried out on the same day

before the wet parchment settles into separate fermenting tanks. The

fermented coffee is dried on raised beds, then the parchment is transported

to the central hulling plant in Mzuzu and sampled for moisture content, green

graded, roast assessed and cupped prior to hulling.

Coffee is transported through Mozambique for shipment from Port of Beira

on the Indian Ocean.

Taste Profile

Butterscotch, caramel, orange