Malawi Mzuzu Fair Trade
ALTITUDE: 1,200 – 1,800 m
VARIEITIES: Bourbon, Typica
PROCESSING: Washed, Sun Dried
Q-GRADE: 84 Points
CUP: Vibrant Acidity, Medium to Heavy Body
CERTIFICATIONS: Fair Trade
FLAVOR: Rich cup with tropical fruit and chocolate notes
FREE SHIPPING: Ships within 3 business days
Coffee in Malawi
Like its neighbor to the north, The D.R. of Congo, Malawi has been overshadowed as a major coffee producer by the more popular East African exporters. However, this does not detract from the quality or taste of these great beans whose environment and growers makes them special in the world of coffee. This specific Malawi is from the Mzuzu region and is fair trade certified and produced by several smaller co-ops in Northern Malawi where volcanic soils and high elevations make ideal conditions for bourbon varieties of coffee.
The coffee is produced by small farms and co-ops who then collectively mill. wash and export the beans. Exports stay on the smaller side as these Malawi farmers are mostly growing in small lots, and the group has been unionized to make sure producers receive their share.
Exports have not been as large as neighboring countries, largely due to this smaller farmer makeup of Malawi producers. The co-op is democratic in nature and aims to empower local communities through fair trade and making sure the producers receive skills training, education and the finance (and finance skills) needed to support themselves and their families. Many of the producers are women owned and microfinance has played key role in letting smaller farms gain some traction internationally.
Like many African producers, the coffee contains a more vibrant acidity, with flavor hints of blood orange, chocolate, and persimmon.