In May, Boss and Thangale, agronomists based out of our Tanzania offices, ventured to three East African countries – Malawi, Rwanda, and Burundi – in order to asses the prospects of expanding and strengthening relationships with multiple new coffee producers in the region. All three of these countries are small, yet have the right climate and geography to produce high quality coffee. Rwanda and Burundi lie on Tanzania’s northwestern side, while Malawi sits below Tanzania, with much of the country’s eastern border being the beautiful Lake Malawi. After visiting multiple cooperatives in each country, Thangale and Boss are excited to work with coffee from these regions. Each co-op brings its own unique crop of green coffee beans, many of which are have unique, high-quality characteristics. Many of the producers are interested in becoming Fair Trade, Rainforest Alliance, and Organic Certified, if they are not already, and they are eager to learn how to improve the quality of their harvest.
This post was written by Mallory Dawson, 2012 Summer Fellow