Producers: Various Smallholder Farmers
Locality: Ihowa, Mbozi district
Arabica Varietals: Kent & Bourbon
Altitude: 1600 – 1800 above Sea Levels
Mkulima Kwanza is a fully registered Agricultural Marketing Co-Operative Society (AMCOS) based in Tanzania’s southern highland region of Songwe. In collaboration with Communal Shamba Coffee, Mkulima Kwanza is the first and only Co-Op in southern Tanzania to specialise in processing non-washed Arabica coffees.
Communal Shamba Coffee teamed up with fellow smallholder farmers to establish Mkulima Kwanza and collaborate in producing and processing specialty coffee using experimental approaches, which increase farmers’ premium prices, reduce production costs and improve quality from farm to cup. This Co-Op’s focus is on “mkulima kwanza” (translated from Swahili this means “farmers first”).