Mama Aya - Washed 350g (Tanzania)


Red Cherry, Lime, Tonic Water.

Region: Mbozi, Mbeya
Country: Tanzania
Producer: Mama Aya
Altitude: 1,700m

Importer: Olam Coffee

Crop Year: 2021


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This coffee was sourced from Mama Aya and her farm Shaji in Mbozi, south-west Tanzania. This lot is part of a woman producer initiative operated by Communal Shamba, a social enterprise founded solely by young Tanzanians.

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 the farmer groups are part of the Ihowa Community. This year, with the collective help of Olam Specialty and our customers, Communal Shamba paid the highest cherry price in the region almost 80% higher than the standard local market price. 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. 

This lot was fully washed, whereby ripe cherries are de-pulped, fermented to break down the remaining mucilage, washed in clean water, and sundried on raised African beds for an average of 10 days.

Taking the average number of bags exported annually 2007-2017—to account for crop fluctuations—Tanzania experienced an increase of 11 percent over the previous 10 years. That might not seem like much until you consider that only two other African countries have experienced growth by the same measure, Ethiopia (37%) and Uganda (1%). Tanzania broke the million bags exported ceiling for the first time in 2009 and did it again in 2013. This increase in exports has coincided with a near 600 percent increase in domestic coffee consumption over twenty years. The only coffee growing country to experience a more dramatic increase is Vietnam, where domestic coffee consumption has grown by 700 percent over the same period.

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