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Lala Salama means ‘Sleep Well’ in Swahili. This lot comes from our friends at The Coffee Gardens, named after the Gombe and Zebigi Villages:


The Coffee Gardens was established in 2017 with the goal of producing incredible specialty coffee in an ethical way, offering a transparent and direct link between coffee farmers and coffee consumers.

The Coffee Gardens have been working with the farmers who produced this micro-lot for the past five years. They know each and every farming family as they live on the mountain about 600 metres above their washing station. This decaf-lot is named after the villages of Gombe and Zebigi, where many of the farmers live. Last year, with the support of roasters, The Coffee Gardens trained these farmers on growing coffee amongst shade trees, good agricultural practices, and of course, better harvesting techniques. In July, The Coffee Gardens distributed over 8,300 shade, fruit and fast growing tree seedlings. This year, training is continuing and The Coffee Gardens are building toilet blocks for the three primary schools in the area, including Zebugu-Busi Primary School.

Farmers have coffee gardens of different sizes and so supply different amounts of coffee. Mr Zesiro Micheal from Gombe was one of the biggest contributors to this micro-lot with 967kg of red ripe coffee cherries, and Mr Woniala Moses from Zebigi contributed 349kg of red ripe coffee cherries. Within hours of being picked, coffee cherries are carried down to our station in 50kg bags by “runners” – a team of over 160 women and men employed from the local community. This coffee is pulped before undergoing our signature fermentation method involving a pre-wash, a long soak in cold mountain spring water, and then a gentle long fermentation lasting forty hours before a final wash. This coffee is meticulously sorted at 12 different stages before export.

Lala Salama CO2 Decaf.


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Milk Chocolate | Orange | Cherry | Plum


Roasters Notes: Lala Salama represents a change from our usual sugarcane decaf. coffee. We are delighted with the quality of the beans which after roasting to what we regard as a medium roast give a really flavoursome cup of coffee.


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SL14, SL28 & Nyasaland


1,800 to 2,200 MASL


Decaf. CO2

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