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Zambia Estate RFA Natural (2020 Crop)

Juicy, red fruits, mulberry, chocolate, caramel
$3.30 / lb $436.51 / bag
Bag Weight 60 KG BAG
Harvest Season 2019/20
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Lot Number P605327-1
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About This Coffee

This specially prepared natural process coffee comes from Ngoli and Kateshi estates in the Northern province of Zambia. A naturally processed microlot from Ngoli estate won the 2019 Zambia Taste of Harvest competition and placed 2nd in the regional African competition, competing against the winning lots from other African origins. The estates are located at 1,300 and 1,400masl respectively. The estates cover a combined area of 1,726 hectares of land, of which 1,039 are planted with coffee, and 687 are dedicated conservation areas and buffer zones. Both estates carry Rainforest Alliance, Utz and 4C certification and cultivate a wide range of varieties including Catimor 129, F6,b Castillo, Java, and other trial varieties. 

Country of Origin Zambia
Harvest Season 2019/20
Coffee Grade ZMB CA WA HP
Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
Plant Species Arabica
Cup Score 86

History of Coffee in Zambia 

The history of Zambian coffee seems familiar: men in Holy Orders of one sort or another arrive and plant seeds. But in the case of Zambia, missionaries did not introduce coffee farming until the 1950s. By the time commercial coffee production began in Zambia, the British had considerable experience in starting and operating coffee plantations in India, Kenya, and elsewhere. Planting coffee was an attempt to decrease a dependence on copper exports. Not surprisingly, the emphasis was on yield and production efficiencies. Plantations were large and orderly, grown in full sun on flat land, and processed in large wet mills wherever possible. Nevertheless Zambia made almost no appearance whatsoever on the world coffee stage until coffee was officially exported for the first time in 1985.  

Growing Coffee in Zambia 

The Northern province has the best conditions for arabica coffee cultivation in Zambia with its relative proximity to the equator and abundant altitude (Mafinga Hills being the highest point in the country at 2,300 masl).  Most coffee grows from 1300 - 2300 masl. Zambia produces both washed and naturally processed coffee and has introduced some honey processing.  A wide range of varieties including Catimor 129, Castillo, Java, and other trial varieties. Specialty grades are AAA, AA, AB and Peaberry. 

  • Status Spot
  • Cup Score 86
  • Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
  • Plant Species Arabica
  • Coffee Grade ZMB CA WA HP
  • Country of Origin Zambia
  • Warehouse The Annex
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  • CTRM Contract Number P605327-1