Malawi Mzuzu

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The Malawi Mzuzu Smallholders AB grade coffee is an excellent choice for those who has more than one alarm set every morning.  As a single origin it makes a fantastic espresso and can be even be used in filter coffees for the more traditional coffee drinker who favours earthy, strong base base notes with more bitterness and strength.

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Additional information

Weight 0.2 kg
Dimensions 20 × 12 × 7 cm
Size

200g, 1kg

Grind

Whole Beans, Espresso, Filter, Chemex, Aeropress, V60, Cupping

Description

 

The Malawi Mzuzu Smallholders AB grade coffee is an excellent choice for those who has more than one alarm set every morning.  As a single origin it makes a fantastic espresso and can be even be used in filter coffees for the more traditional coffee drinker who favours earthy, strong base base notes with more bitterness and strength.

The beans are sourced through WM Cahn located in Rivonia, Johannesburg.  After many cuppings with the team from WM Cahn, we chose the Mzuzu AB for its intense body and chocolaty aftertaste.  This coffee is typically used as a base in our blends when roasted to city / full-city roast degree.  While not Specialty Coffee, this Malawi bean is an excellent introduction into the world of freshly roasted coffee.

Roast Profile

We carefully developed a unique roast profile for our Malawi beans.  The beans are relatively hard and can handle higher charge temperatures.  We chose our standard 180 degree Prime temperature for our small 3kg batches.  We’ll ramp up the batch sizes as the need arises, but for now we enjoy roasting smaller batches more often so that we can deliver fresh beans on a more regular basis to our clients.

Immediately after charging the beans into the drum, we turn the gas pressure up to 1.5kPa.  This gives us a consistent Turn Point of 105 degrees C with a properly primed machine.  The drying phase ends at around 140 degrees and we start roasting.  We aim for a 13-odd minute roast, focusing instead on the colour of the beans than the final time or temperature.  The development of this bean is pushed to almost 18% which, in a South African context is still pretty light and the beans are dropped well before any signs of second crack.  We want a full body, chocolaty character in this coffee where most of the sugars are caramelized and fully developed.

Origin Profile

CountryMalawi
RegionMizuzu
Co-opMisuku
GradeAB
LocationThe area is located close to Songwe River which forms natural boundary between Malawi and Tanzania. It is made up of 4 parallel ridges and plateau ranging between 1700 and 2000 metres above sea level. The area is almost 320km away from Mzuzu City, the Commercial and Administrative headquarters for Northern Malawi.
SoilThe soils for coffee growing areas are Dystic Nitosols found in the sloping sites and convex narrow ridges and Humid Nitosols found in the lower Valley slopes. The soils of Misuku Hills have more quantities of weathering parent material, and are acidic, brown or dark reddish brown clays or sandy loams.
ClimateThe climate in Misuku is very suitable for Arabica Coffee growing. Maximum temperature recorded since 1983 was 21.9 degrees Celcius in November and absolute minimum 9.9 degrees Celcius in June at Mwalingo, with an altitude of 1600m above sea level. The annual rainfall ranges from 1500mm to 2000mm and falls between November to April with continued showers up to June / July. Large amount of cloud cover between November and July delay production of new canopy, early season flowering and fruit drop.
WebsiteMzuzu Coffee
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