Black Grape & Peach
Harvest: July 2018
Producer: Magwila Farmers Group
Region: Mbozi, Songwe
Altitude: 1,600 - 1,800 masl
Arrival: February 2019
We wholeheartedly believe that Tanzania is one of the most exciting coffee producing countries right now. There’s huge potential here and if you’re willing to look hard enough, you’ll find flavour profiles that’ll give their east African neighbours a run for their money!
Traditionally, coffee production has been centred in the north, around Arusha and Kilimanjaro. The coffees here are generally heavy bodied with a sweet but classic flavour profile. However, if you take a trip to the south of the country, you’re more likely to discover flavour profiles that lean towards floral, rosehip, rhubarb and citrus. It’s these exciting coffees that make us feel so strongly about the quality and potential that exists here.
Magwila is a group of 8 smallholder farmers, located in the Mbozi district, southern Tanzania. The main season here runs from the end of May to July with the trees flowering between September and October. Despite using the high yielding Kent variety, a combination of older trees, frequent droughts and the lack of irrigation in the area means production here is extremely low. On average, just 43 bags are produced by this group annually. Production may be small but the quality here is outstanding, showcasing what we love most about Tanzanian coffees. We feel very fortunate to have bought both the AA and AB graded lots this year.
The grading system here is based on size and is similar to what you would find in Kenya, with AA being the largest beans and PB being the smallest. There’s a beautiful winegum quality to the AA grade which makes for one of the most interesting filter coffees we’ve tasted in a little while. This coffee is sweet and tangy with notes of black grape, guava and peach. Like the AB grade, there’s a lip smacking quality here, the finish is impeccably clean and the acidity is bright, lively and moreish. Tanzania continues to surprise us and this is another example of the great things to come from this origin!