Single Origin Direct Trade

Tanzania Mbeya Peaberry, Mwalyego Co-op

$737.10

FLAVOR: Mango, Pear, Butterscotch

How it tastes? Candied mango and juicy tangerine fruit notes complement a butterscotch and honey-like sweetness The finish is smooth and a delicate floral aroma harmonizes the cup. There’s a lot of dimension to this coffee with beautifully balanced flavors and mild acidity.
Price: $5.46 / LB Bag Weight: 134.30 LB

20 Bags SPOT - Alameda, CA

FARMER STORY

Tanzania Mbeya Peaberry, Mwalyego Co-op

Tanzania is recognized for its most commanding landmarks - Mount Kilimanjaro which stands tall at 5,895 meters above sea level. If that was not all, Tanzania stands strong among its African peers , Kenya and Ethiopia, in producing reputable coffee with remarkable flavors and aroma. This coffee is sourced from family-owned farms organized around the Mwalyego factory located in the Mbeya region, Tanzania. 

PRODUCER Mwalyego Co-op Member Farmers
REGION Mbeya Region, Tanzania
HARVEST May - Nov '21
ARRIVAL Jan - April '22
PROCESS Fully Washed & dried on raised beds
VARIETY Bourbon, Blue Mountain Typica, Kent
ELEVATION 1,500 - 1,900 masl

This Tanzanian coffee is a peaberry, a genetic anomaly that occurs in about 5% of most coffees resulting  in a single seed (rather than a facing pair) inside the cherry. Peaberrys are small, round and compact, making the craft of roasting them a little different than other coffees. 

The Mwalyego Co-operative provides critical support to the small producers, including the operation of a dry mill and logistics to transport and export coffee from the port city of Dar es Salaam, which is more than 1000 kilometers from the Mbeya district. To ensure improved post-harvest processing, the co-op has rehabilitated 8 existing wet mills, built 13 new centralized wet mills, and another 8 micro-wet mills. The rounder shaped peaberry, formed from the maturation of one seed per cherry rather than the typical two seeds, is meticulously sorted during the milling process for its distinct flavor profiles. Farmers are paid for parchment during the harvest and paid a share of profits after export.

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