Malawi Mzuzu AA
Geisha, Catimor 129 (Nyika)
May - Oct
1200 – 2000 mtrs
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
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.
Butterscotch, caramel, orange