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Tanzania - Mbeya - Peaberry - 12oz

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Tanzanian Peaberries are cultivated in the famous temperate Highlands (around Kilimanjaro in Moshi and Arusha, around Ngorongoro and Karatu, in the Southern Highlands in Mbeya, Mbozi and Mbinga and on a smaller scale in Kigoma). The Mbeya region is the largest producer of Arabica coffee in Tanzania.

Tanzania Peaberries are bold, flavor-packed beans, as the single bean contained in the coffee cherry has all of the intensity of two beans. 

Cupping Notes: Grapefruit, Lemon Balm, Mandarin Orange, Red Tea.

Growing Altitude: 1,200 - 2,000 meters above sea level

Variety: Bourbon

Process: Fully Washed

Region: Mbeya

History of Coffee in Tanzania

Like other coffee growing regions in East Africa, it seems likely that coffee may have
been known as a garden crop grown for barter and consumption (chewing rather than brewing) as early as the 16th century. German occupiers introduced commercial
cultivation of at the end of the 19th century and coffee became an exported cash crop.

Following WWI, the British took control of the region and the estate model was firmly
established for coffee. During the transition years from British “protection” to
independence, coffee farming cooperative began to emerge and would eventually
dominate coffee production after formal independence in 1961.

Today, 95% of coffee
farmers are smallholders, growing coffee on less than 5 acres of land.

Exports from nearly every coffee growing country in Africa are lower now than they were
twenty years ago. The most notable exception is Ethiopia, where coffee exports have
reached 3 million bags, nearly double the number in 1997. Less dramatic, but nevertheless unique for Africa, is the strong and steady growth in Tanzania.

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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