MALAWI - MZUZU UNION
BROWN SUGAR. STONE FRUITS. CREAMY.
Malawi, Africa’s smallest coffee-producing nation, offers a unique coffee in flavor and style, with orange peel and sweet maple flavors and a buttery body.
Established in 2007, Mzuzu Coffee Planters Cooperative Union is made up of six primary cooperatives: Misuku, Phoka and Viphya North, Nkhata Bay Highlands, South East Mzimba, and Ntchisi. With 2,469 members, Mzuzu acts as an umbrella organization in charge of sorting, processing, and marketing the green coffee on behalf of its member producers. Mzuzu concentrates its efforts on coffee production and expansion, quality improvement, promotion of domestic coffee consumption, and community development projects. Through the formation of the Mzuzu Coffee Planters Cooperative Union, thousands of members have been able to organize and achieve a higher price for their specialty coffee, as well as work together to strengthen their coffee communities.
Mzuzu Union farmers begin harvesting the cherry as early as 6 a.m., hand-picking the ripest cherries and transporting them by basket to the nearest washing station. Mzuzu’s washing stations are centrally located, usually no more than 5 kilometers from the farthest farms. Farmers depulp their cherries with technical assistance from Mzuzu Union trainers and staff. The coffee is then sun dried before being transported to the central dry-milling plant in Mzuzu. Mzuzu also possesses two on-site roasters for local coffee consumption.
- Growing Altitude: 1200 - 2000m
- Varietals: Catimor, Geisha, Agano, Nyika
- Processing Method: Eco Pulping/washed
- Producer: Ngila Coffee Estate