Certifications: Fair Trade, 4C, working toward Organic Certification
Genetics: Nyika, Geisha, Catimor 129. Several local varieties
Cupping Notes: Complex with earthy and bright notes, dark chocolate, toasted coconut
The beans in our bags of Fair Trade Malawi Lot Coffee come from family-owned farms in the Mzuzu Coffee Planters Cooperative Union in northern Malawi. (Malawi’s a thin land-locked country in southeastern Africa, surrounded by Tanzania, Mozambique, and Zambia.)
The subtropical climate and rich clay minerals produce coffee beans with soft, floral tones and notes of caramelized tangerine zest, spice and chocolate. Slow maturation at an elevation of over 6,500 feet lends a unique flavor profile to these beans, giving them a creamier body with less acidity than other coffees from neighboring countries.
These beans are considered “small lot” beans, which essentially means this vintage release is sourced from a focused, single origin grower collective. This kind of narrow sourcing further amplifies the regional characteristics of the beans.
Ideal growing conditions, combined with the medium-dark roast, and being hot-packed into the highest quality resealable pouches, yield an exceptional cup of coffee. And because the Mzuzu Cooperative emphasizes gender equity and supports community improvement projects with the help of Fair Trade coffee premiums, you can enjoy this coffee knowing farmers were paid fairly for their crop.