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Zambia Decaf RFA AAA/AA - Swiss Water Process

Melon, pear, brown sugar
$4.92 / lb $650.80 / bag
Bag Weight 60 KG BAG
Harvest Season 2018/19
Status Spot
Lot Number P605205-1
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    About This Coffee

    This Swiss Water Process decaffeinated coffee is RFA-certified and comes from Olam's Zambian operations.

    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. Kateshi coffee estate, as one of the first coffee estates in Zambia, was established in 1972 close to Kateshi village. Back then, its wet processing facilities represented the heart of coffee production in northern Zambia having been the central mill for all coffee produced in the region. Kateshi has been recognized for boldly challenging the gender stereotypes in Zambia, being the first and only coffee estate to employ women for traditionally male-dominated roles such as driving tractors and even larger equipment like road graders and bulldozers. A strong focus on gender equality makes this coffee directly contribute to the empowerment of women – and this is not restricted to the farm; the new found sense of independence and pride also spills over into the neighbouring communities.

    Country of Origin Zambia
    Harvest Season 2018/19
    Coffee Grade ZMB CA FW AAA
    Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
    Plant Species Arabica
    Processing Washed
    Cup Score 84.75
    Region Mafinga Hills
    Farm Name Kateshi, Ngoli & Luombe Estates
    Dry Mill Kateshi
    Growing Altitude 1300-1500m
    Certifications Rainforest Alliance

    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. 

    • Total Bags In Lot 320
    • Status Spot
    • Cup Score 84.75
    • Region Mafinga Hills
    • Farm Name Kateshi, Ngoli & Luombe Estates
    • Wet Mill Kateshi
    • Dry Mill Kateshi
    • Processing Washed
    • Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
    • Certifications Rainforest Alliance
    • Plant Species Arabica
    • Coffee Grade ZMB CA FW AAA
    • Growing Altitude 1300-1500m
    • Country of Origin Zambia
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    • CTRM Contract Number P605205-1

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