Wide Open Road Coffee Roasters
TANZANIA MWIKA CO-OP
BOYSENBERRY, HAZELNUT AND HONEY, GREEN APPLE ACIDITY
Region: Mt Kilimanjaro
Producer: Mwika Co Op
Altitude: 1800 masl
Importer: Direct Import from First Crop
The Mwika Co Op sits on the side of one of East Africa’s most famous spots, the stunning and elusive Mt Kilimanjaro. When visiting, the First Crop team are lucky to stay at the base of the mountain in the town of Moshi, where the community revolves around coffee.
Mwika has over 900 families delivering hand-picked coffee cherries to the Co Op. Due to the landscape, there are limited places to process the coffee cherries on the mountain, so the majority of families in the area rely on the Mwika Washing Station to prepare their coffee for sale. The natural volcanic soil, high elevation, even rainfall and shade and protection provided by the co-planted banana crops all contribute to some of the tastiest coffee on offer.
In 2019, the Tanzanian government made changes to the legislation regarding the processing and sale of raw coffee, cherries and parchment, that greatly limited the options available for the hundreds of families living in the region. In partnership with First Crop, we and other partners collectively raised over $20000 via the Mwika Project to fund the construction of a new Co Op owned and maintained wet mill - giving the farmers a lifeline and allowing them to keep up the high quality of their coffee and sell it at a fair price.
Artwork for this coffee was custom designed by Adam Parata as apart of our 2019 fundraising campaign.
Recipe Starting Point (Pour Over):
250mL water (93 Degrees C)
Note: We have developed a filter profile for this coffee - meaning it is roasted a little lighter than would normally suit an espresso brew method. If you're using an espresso machine, high-pressure Aeropress, or prefer a darker roast for your percolator, we recommend our Single Origin Espresso Roast. However, we're more than happy to supply any of our coffees ground to any specifications - coffee is a personal journey, and we are excited to take that journey with you.
SINGLE ORIGIN FILTER - Tanzania, Mwika Co-op