Located in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania, the farms of Tembo are grown in high altitudes of 1,400-2,000 meters in the fertile volcanic soil that is lightly acidic, rich in nitrogen, potassium, and magnesium. The coffee varietals Bourbon & Typica grown here are wet-processed, sun-dried, and then sorted and graded at their facility in Mbeya. The Tweega Coffee Company takes pride in their high quality growing, washing and sorting of the coffee. The coffee has an AA grading, which is the highest, specialty grade for Tanzanian coffee, and we are happy to have this new coffee through our partners at Balzac Brothers & Co!
Tweega Coffee comes from the washing stations in the Southern Highlands from over 10,000 small farmers with the harvest period for these coffees in June-August. The Mbeya region consists of roughly 400,000 smallholder farmers that own, on average, 500 trees each. Many practice subsistence farming methods and all their coffee is handpicked.
Delightfully bright, medium-bodied, notes of pears & figs, with a honey-sweet finish.
Tanzania is the 2nd largest economy in East Africa, yet its reliance on agricultural exports, like coffee, contributes to its economic instability. For the last 30 years the Tanzanian coffee industry lagged as other regions surged ahead with more marketing dollars and efforts to promote their coffees. In an effort to reclaim their name in the world coffee markets, farmers are getting organized and planting new varieties like the Kent, the Pacamara, and the Geisha, all coffees with rich backgrounds and tastes. These varieties are adding a good complexity and flavor to Tanzanian coffee.