Maneno Farm AB, Tanzania | FILTER
Maneno Farm AB, Tanzania | FILTER
Maneno Farm AB, Tanzania | FILTER
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Maneno Farm AB, Tanzania | FILTER

Regular price £9.70 £0.00 Unit price per
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Tasting notes:

Strawberry, cream, maple syrup

Origin:

Tanzania, Songwe

Processing:

Fully washed & dried on raised beds

Altitude:

1,562 masl

Varietals:

Compact and N39

Owner:

Maneno Namayala


Coffee has been around in Tanzania for centuries, beginning with the Haya tribe in the northwest, back in the 16th century. Coffee soon spread throughout the North after the British and the Germans bought upland and planted coffee at a larger scale. Today, coffee grows more in the South, and about 6% of the population is involved with coffee production. And this number is only growing. Tanzania’s government strongly supports coffee production and are currently seeking ways to increase yields.

In the southern reaches of Tanzania is the region of Songwe, hugging the borders of Zambia and Malawi, a rich coffee-producing area of the country. It is here where the Mbozi District is situated, filled with an array of coffee producers, including Mr. Maneno Namayala, the producer growing the coffee for this lot. 

Maneno took over ownership of the farm back in 2004, when his father gave him the land. He has now expanded the farm to encompass the 12.5 hectares, split between two plots. Something unique in this region, as most farmers have smaller plots of land and typically belong to an AMCOS group. Primarily, Kent and Compact grow on his farm, which is intercropped with banana, maize, and beans. Maneno recently received 500 compact seedlings from the government, and he has already begun to plant more and expand his farm.

Something quite unique about Maneno is that he not only grows coffee to sell, but he also roasts and drinks his own coffee. This is really rare, since many locals in Tanzania prefer to drink tea. 

Maneno has his own processing facilities, where he brings his cherries after the harvest to be sorted. He then pulps his coffee utilizing a hand machine to remove the external fruit. The coffee is then left to ferment in a cement tank to initiate the breakdown of the remaining mucilage. The coffee is dried in the open sun on raised beds until the ideal moisture content is reached. Maneno then delivers his coffee to the Coffee Management Services(CMS) dry mill in Songwe. CMS assist coffee producers with dry milling, sorting, and exporting.


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