Mkulima Kwanza AMCOS is a co-op started in collaboration with Communal Shamba LTD, a social enterprise founded solely by young Tanzanians. The co-op have sought to differentiate by consolidating and streamlining the traditional value chain for smallholder coffee production, as well as through pioneering processing techniques to diversify their offering and open new markets.
Communal Shamba works with a number of farmers groups (known in Tanzania as Agricultural Marketing Co-operative Societies, or AMCOS’) in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania, Mbeya Region, Mbozi District. Most of the farmer groups are part of the Ihowa Community. This year, Communal Shamba paid the highest cherry price in the region almost 80% higher than the standard local market price 2,200. Communal Shamba have engaged in a number of community projects such as rehabilitating the local school and a broad scope health project tackling (including lobbying staffing, clean water storage, computers, refrigeration and sterilizing units).
Specialty Naturals are a unique process from this region in Southern Tanzania. We are delighted to be able to buy coffee from Communal Shamba and to help promote this fantastic coffee.
The Art of Production
Ripe cherries are carefully sorted to select the highest quality and then dried in the sun on raised African beds for an average of 14 days.
- Country: Tanzania
- Region: Mbozi, Songwe
- Altitude: 1,650 metres above sea level
- Varietal: Bourbon & Kent
- Processing: Natural
- Farmer: 180 young smallholder farmers
- 19g in
- 40g out
- in 30 – 35 seconds
- 60g per litre
- Steep for 4 minutes
- Stir and scoop off the crust
- Wait a further minute for grounds to settle
- Either pour slowly without plunging using the lid as a filter or
- Gently push the plunger the bottom and pour slowly.
- ENJOY YOUR COFFEE