Zambia AA - Issanya Estates

Kumquat, green tea, lemon bar
$4.77 / lb $630.96 / bag
Bag Weight 60 KG BAG
Harvest Season 2020/21
Jun 2021
SKU P607553-1
  • 36 Bag(s)
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About This Coffee

This is a Zambia AA grade certified coffee from the Olam owned and operated Issanya Estate located in the Mafinga Hills subregion of Zambia's Northern Province. Issanya Estate is comprised of 1,600 hectares and ranges from 1500-1600 masl. The Kateshi & Issanya coffee estates cover a combined area of 2,438 hectares of land, of which 1,277 are planted with coffee, and 1,161 are dedicated conservation areas and buffer zones. Both estates carry Rainforest Alliance, Utz and 4C certification.   

Country of Origin Zambia
Harvest Season 2020/21
Coffee Grade ZMB CA FW AA
Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
Plant Species Arabica
Processing Washed
Cup Score 84.5
Farm Name Issanya Esates
Growing Altitude 1500-1650

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 84.5
  • Farm Name Issanya Esates
  • Processing Washed
  • Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
  • Plant Species Arabica
  • Coffee Grade ZMB CA FW AA
  • Growing Altitude 1500-1650
  • Country of Origin Zambia
  • Warehouse The Annex
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  • CTRM Contract Number P607553-1


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