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Ipyana Cooperative

A medium roast for filter coffee, with notes of red apple and almond.

Region: Mbozi District, Songwe
Altitude: 1.900 m.a.s.l.
Variety: Kent, Compact
Process: washed, sun-dried on raised beds

This lovely coffee is what we’re serving in our cafe as our main espresso. It has a depth of flavour we love, initially registering as almond and hazelnut laced with vanilla. A wonderful apple-like acidity reveals itself as it cools. It’s a pleasure to let this one unfold on your palate. Brew it any way you want: as an espresso, the acidity may be highlighted, in a cafetiere you’ll get a fuller mouthfeel, in a pour-over or Aeropress you’ll be able to play with the balance of sweetness and fruit depending on your brew ratio and technique.

Here’s some information from the importer about the cooperative:

The Songwe region, rich in agricultural production, is situated in southern Tanzania bordering Zambia and Malawi. This is the location of the Mbozi District, populated with 175 villages and around 515,000 people. The Ipyana Agricultural Marketing Cooperative Society (AMCOS) works with five of these villages Ipyana, Iyula, Igale, Iyula B and Idunda to gather and export excellent coffee.

The AMCOS was started in 2006 and is now composed of 507 members (76 women) growing coffee on 5 hectares of land or less. Collectively, the AMCOS produces around 130,000 kilograms of coffee each year. The area is dominated by clay soils with regular rainy seasons and mild temperatures - ideal conditions for coffee production.

Members of the AMCOS source their coffee seedlings from the Tanzania Coffee Research Institute and follow specific planting guidelines to ensure successful coffee production. Each farm is managed with regular weeding, pruning, spraying, and application of fertiliser. Soil health is maintained with the application of mulch whilst pests and diseases are carefully monitored. Agricultural advice is offered to each member via farmer training programs and field visits from the Tanzania Coffee Research Institute and Coffee Management Services.

The AMCOS itself is managed by an elected board with members who oversee the cooperative. There is a Chairman, Vice Chairman, and secretary, helping ensure that each member is profitably growing coffee and maintaining a sustainable livelihood.