This Pamwamba is very floral and sweet. There is a big chocolate note & a smooth full body, with that distinctly East African finish.
The Pamwamba Malawi coffee is from in the Southern Thyolo district of Malawi, which was first planted out in 1979. The altitude varies between 3000 and 3400 ft. The terrain is rolling valleys, with steepish slopes and patches of indigenous forest retained, between the fields of coffee.
The soils are a mixture of dolerite clay and alluvial soils and very fertile.
Rainfall is around 1200ml to 1800ml. While the main rains fall between November and March, there are winter drizzles, called Chiperoni, between June and August.
The varieties of coffee grown are a mixture of Catimor varieties, with a small percentage of SL28 coffee. They have a rotational programme that uproots and re-plants each field every seven to eight years, which means that they are always harvesting from young coffee, which is largely disease free.
The coffees are all hand picked red cherry, with the same trees being re-picked approximately 10 times over the harvest, to give a good 85% main grade return.
The farm caters for their staff, with education, housing and clinics and full family benefits. The farm also works with supplementary irrigation and they replant their coffee bushes every seven to eight years. This means that the coffee always comes from new young trees, producing from 2 years to 7 years age and an average overall farm green coffee yield (including the non producing re-planted fields) of 2.5 mt per hectare. With 2 year old coffee giving half a ton and the 4 to 5 year old coffee giving 4 to 5 mt per hectare. The picking is very selective and only the red cherry is harvested, with each tree picked approximately 10 to 14 times a harvest.
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