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Established in 2007, MZUZU Coffee Planters Cooperative Union is made up of six primary cooperatives: Misuku, Phoka and Viphya North, Nkhata Bay Highlands, South East Mzimba, and Ntchisi. With 2,469 members, MZUZU acts as an umbrella organization in charge of sorting, processing, and marketing the green coffee on behalf of its member producers
MZUZU farms are located throughout northern Malawi, in an area of the country with rain-fed highland which is considered the most suitable for coffee-growth and production. The good quality of the soil, along with high levels of rain and mild climate, have helped foster the growth of the country’s best coffee. Coffee producers have been farming in Malawi since the 1930s, though sales have been limited due to the scattered nature and small size of the grower cooperatives. Through the formation of the MZUZU Coffee Planters Cooperative Union, thousands of members have been able to organize and achieve a higher price for their specialty coffee, as well as work together to strengthen their coffee communities.
This is our first ever coffee from Malawi and it's a weird one, but, you know, good weird. It's like molasses and a bunch of oranges went for a walk in some dense forest: sweet, fruity, earthy and so much unexpected fun!
Fair Trade and Organic.
Light roasted for drip and press.
Small orders ship in one business day, large orders ship in 2 business days.
If your delivery address is within 2 miles of NW Portland, input the discount code "LOCAL" at checkout for a small discount.
We are happy to grind your coffee for you; please include all details for your order in order notes. We will contact you shortly after you check out if we have any questions.
We serve this coffee as both espresso and drip in our shops. We use 20g ground espresso to produce 30-25g brewed espresso in 28-30 seconds. If you don't have a scale and the espresso is between 7 and 14 days old, just aim for a volume a little over 1.5 ounces for a double. Please note this coffee is delicious as straight espresso but can get lost in milk; if you prefer a stronger espresso for milk drinks we recommend using the Blendo Stupendo.Of course, feel free to experiment with the parameters to find your perfect coffee. If our parameters make the espresso taste sour or bitter to you, just increase your brewed amount a few grams up if it's sour or a few grams down if it's bitter. For our drip coffee, the parameters vary a little because we use a refractometer to control strength at 1.35% TDS, but if you don't have a refractometer just use about 12 grams of coffee for every 8 ounces of water. Please contact us with any brewing related questions!
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