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Zambia Natural Gold - Isanya Estate

Dried blueberry, peach, lavender, chocolate
$4.52 / lb $597.89 / bag
Bag Weight 60 Kg Bags
Harvest Season 2021/22
May 2022
SKU P608528-1
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    About This Coffee

    Please note that on the website this Purchase Reference is P608528-1, but due to an error in Zambia, the bags are labeled P608528-2. The quality is correctly marked as Natural Gold.

    The Olam Coffee Estate Company in Zambia was started in 2012. It is both the largest coffee producer in Zambia and now the largest employer in the country. For the Natural-processed ‘Gold’ coffees, the best cherries are carefully selected with double handpicking (ensuring a consistency of over 98% of fully formed red ripe cherries) before being dried on raised beds. The cherries are spread across the beds in thin layers to ensure even drying, and regularly turned over a period of 3 to 4 weeks.

    Country of Origin Zambia
    Harvest Season 2021/22
    Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
    Plant Species Arabica
    Processing Natural/Dry Processed
    Variety Catimor 129, Java
    Region Northern Province
    Farm Name Isanya Estate
    Growing Altitude 1600m

    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
    • Region Northern Province
    • Farm Name Isanya Estate
    • Processing Natural/Dry Processed
    • Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
    • Plant Species Arabica
    • Variety Catimor 129, Java
    • Growing Altitude 1600m
    • Country of Origin Zambia
    • On Sale No
    • Top Lot Yes
    • CTRM Contract Number P608528-1