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Mbeya Mwalyego

Grilled Lemon, Black Tea, Malt

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This returning favorite boasts aromas of red grape, grilled lemon, and cinnamon, with notes of bergamot and black tea in the cup and a soft, juicy body. Malt sweetness and Meyer lemon acidity lead to an aftertaste of dark chocolate and cooling fresh mint. 


Producer: Edison Mwakalasya
Farm: Mwalyego AMCOS
Region: Mbeya
Altitude: 4,900 feet
Varietal: Kent, Bourbon, N39
Process: Washed
Roast: Light-Medium

Notes: Grilled Lemon, Black Tea, Malt

The Story

Imported by our friends at Crop to Cup, who write:

"Tanzania is a country divided. In the north one finds the Kilimanjaro game reserves and large coffee estates that made Tanzania a household name. In the south live smallholders—farmers who are far removed from the market and compelled to sell through a national auction that views their coffee as commodity. Not everyone shares this view; international nonprofits and private exporters have begun taking notice of the coffees coming out of the South, and over the coming years the world will be more familiar with specialty coffees—and not just Peaberries—coming out of Tanzania's Southern Highlands.

We came to love Mwalyego based on its geography, cup, and community. TechnoServe has played an active role in training and the development of the community's washing station. This well organized community is looking for an alternative to the coffee markets in the North, where they knew their coffee would lose everything that makes it unique.

[Our partner in Mwalyego] is Edison Mwakalasya, who continues on come high or low harvest.

Mwalyego can set a high reserve price for their coffee, scaring all but the most specialty of buyers away. Plus, the auction is a good system for transparency and price discovery—at least when it comes to setting a floor.

That said, this system will remove incentive for exporters to provide extension services (credit, training, seedlings, fertilizer, other farm inputs). It also mandates that additional premiums paid through this system go towards community works, not extra income for members.

The government proposes to step in where the private sector can no longer invest; we hope the transition is quick and increases access, as there is much work to be done. Many farms in Tanzania require more investment to replant aging trees and to address drying practices—two key crossroads in Tanzania's path of self-improvement."

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