Location: Northern Region
Altitude: 1200 meters
Varietal: Gesha, Nyika Catimore
Process: fully washed
This lot is traceable to the women farmers of Mzuzu Coffee Planters Cooperative Union. The local language name for this lot is “Ama widu asele mu ulimi wa khofi ndi nthazi,” meaning, “Our women have entered the coffee business with fire and vigor!” This name originates from the Tonga spoken in the Nkhatabay Highlands. This coffee has notes of maple, vanilla, honey and dried fruit. It is a delightfully complex cup.
Malawi Mzuzu AA Women’s Coffee Blend is from approximately 200 small scale farmers and made up of 80% Nyika Catimore and 20% Gesha varieties. Misuku Hills, the most northern district is located close to Songwe River, which forms a natural boundary between Malawi and Tanzania. Mzuzu Coffee has identified that land and tree ownership is a major constraint to women’s access to coffee proceeds. Both men and women developed and support the Mzuzu Women’s Coffee Policy. Mzuzu Women’s Coffee is traceable to women farmers who own their own coffee fields. The proceeds are paid directly to those women in order to give them decision-making power over their income. Additionally, 20 cents per pound is paid to the Women in Coffee program. About half of this premium is paid directly to the women farmers and the other half is used on Women’s Coffee projects determined by the participating farmers after premiums are received.