Mzuzu Union farmers begin harvesting as early as 6 am, 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 farms. Farmers depulp their cherries with technical assistance from Mzuzu Union trainers and staff. At the washing stations, the cherries undergo a fermentation process in which the mucilage is stripped from the bean. The coffee is then sun dried before being transported to the central dry-milling plant in Mzuzu. Upon parchment arrival, Mzuzu’s quality control tests the quality of the beans with strong focus on moisture content, parchment classification, green bean classification, roast assessment, and cup quality. Mzuzu also possesses two on-site roasters for local coffee consumption.
With grades of AAA and AA, this lot is a stellar example of some of Mzuzu's best coffees.
Location: Mzuzu, Malawi
Varieties: Catimor, Geisha, Agano, Nyika
Altitude: 1,200 - 2,000 masl
Number of members: 3,000