ZAMBIA: Kateshi Estate - RFA / UTZ - Single Origin - 100% Arabica

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  • Country: Zambia
    Farm: Kateshi, Northern Province
    Certification: Rainforest Alliance and UTZ Certified
    Elevation: 1340 - 1400 MASL
    Variety: CAT-129, F6 and Castillo
    Process: Wet Extended Fermentation (48hr)
    Tasting notes: Lemon, Honey and Chocolate
    Harvest: May - September
    SCA Cup Score: 84.5

    Huzzah! We return to Zambia, specifically, the incredible Kateshi Estate in the Northern Province after the wonderful success of our offering last year. This year's crop continues to impress, which is  RFA and UTZ certified.

    Kateshi Estate is expanding its harvest, due to immense popularity, trialling new and innovative processing methods, such as anaerobic fermentation, extended fermentation and lactic shock process - we've decided to go with extended wet fermentation in this case, showcasing clean and sweet honey with a hint of chocolate. 

  • Country: Zambia
    Farm: Kateshi, Northern Province
    Certification: Rainforest Alliance and UTZ Certified
    Elevation: 1340 - 1400 MASL
    Variety: CAT-129, F6 and Castillo
    Process: Wet Extended Fermentation (48hr)
    Tasting notes: Lemon, Honey and Chocolate
    Harvest: May - September
    SCA Cup Score: 84.5

    The Producers

    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. Sustainability is at the heart of Kateshi Estates operations and they strive for excellent community relations and protection of natural resources. Almost 600 ha of land are protected forest area with high conservation value.

    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 means this coffee directly contributes to the empowerment of women.

    Art of Production

    This coffee utilises a washed process with an extended fermentation period. Ripe cherries are sorted through floatation, pulped, and then fermented in water for 48 hours. The coffee is then washed in the fermentation tank to remove excess mucilage. Once fully washed, the parchment coffee is sun dried slowly on a combination of raised African beds, patios and hot air beds. Once the optimum moisture content has been reached the parchment coffee is rested in a cool, dry environment prior to secondary processing (hulling, grading, sorting).

    The Region

    The Northern Province of Zambia shares its borders with Tanzania to the East and D.R. Congo to the North. It also occupies the southern shore of Lake Tanganyika - the world’s longest fresh-water lake, the largest in Africa by volume and also its deepest.
    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).
    The local economy is dominated by agriculture with coffee being the primary commercial crop, alongside subsistence crops such as maize, millet, groundnuts and beans. The mountainous terrain and lack of transport infrastructure makes this region challenging to work in, but also one most in need of the investment and development which the coffee industry can bring.

     

This year we won a Great Taste Award and are a National Finalist in the Rural Business Awards

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