MALAWI Mzuzu AA
Mzuzu Cooperative Union members are located in the Northern highlands of Malawi and almost 80% of the coffee is grown on terraces by smallholder farmers. There are 3,000 members, of which 25% are women and have been growing coffee since the early 1930s. The Union was formed in 2007, (comprising of six cooperatives) and prior to this was operated by the Government as a Smallholder Coffee Authority.
Cherries are harvested at dawn and brought to be pulped in the early afternoon. Careful washing and grading is carried out on the same day before the wet parchment settles into separate fermenting tanks. The fermented coffee is dried on raised beds, then the parchment is transported to the central hulling plant in Mzuzu and sampled for moisture content, green graded, roast assessed and cupped prior to hulling.
This Malawian coffee offers a bright sweetly balanced wine-like acidity, with a smooth body, and flavours of butterscotch, caramel, orange, sweet berry jam, and tropical fruit.