Producer: Mlimani Ngarashi & Uru Shimbwe Farming Co-Ops
Elevation:1,400 - 1,800 MASL
Varietals: Kent & Bourbon
Process: Washed, Sun-Dried
Grown on Mount Kilimanjaro, shade-covered by banana trees, this Tanzanian coffee boasts traditional East African flavors reminiscent of black currants and ripe cherries balanced with notes of brown sugar and mesquite honey. A coffee so smooth you can have it any time of day but complex enough to keep it interesting, Moshi Magic will keep you coming back cup after cup.
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For us, it's really about the people, and this coffee comes from some really, really good people.
Moshi Magic is our first coffee collaboration with the amazing small holder farmers based in Moshi, a city in northern Tanzania that is known as a gateway to Kilimanjaro national park and Africa's tallest peak. The members of the two collectives that combine forces for these beans own an average of just 1 acre each, which is why they started working as collectives in the early 1980's, allowing them to process enough coffee to sell it across the world to people like us, right here in Austin, TX, and make a living wage doing so.
The Milmani Ngarashi collective, one of the two who worked on this crop, is led by a strong female who goes, colloquially, by Mrs. Mary and she has been working with the co-op since 1992. While only 40 of the 260 co-op members are female, it excites us to know that Mrs. Mary has been able to make a name for herself as a powerful voice within the Kilimanjaro coffee scene.
It also excites us to know that the members of the collective produce coffee with minimum to no use of industrial / chemical fertilizers and pesticides, which is what allows this coffee to be certified organic—an oddly rare certification amongst small lot farmers.
This coffee is ridiculously good and it comes from ridiculously good people. We truly hope you enjoy it and we can't wait to see what else we get to work on with Emanuel and Valentina in the future!.