Tanzania AA Bloom Farm Bourbon Washed

Lemon, pecan, cranberry, chocolate
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Bag Weight 60 KG BAG
Harvest Season 2023/24
Status Spot
Lot Number P8002167-5
  • 7 Bag(s)
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About This Coffee

This special washed lot is sourced from 'Bloom Plot' on Mondul Estate. This separated plot is situated at the highest point on the farm and produces their best quality washed coffee. Mondul Estate was established in 1931 and acquired by Burka estates in 2007. The estate is a 211 hectare farm on Mondul Mountain, around 25km from Burka town in the Arusha region of Northern Tanzania. This area is the heart of the Maasai land in Tanzania.

The Estates (Burka-Selian-Mondul) have about 200 permanent staff, and 200 daily causal staff although in the peak of the harvest season, there can be up to 5,000 staff involved in picking and processing. All permanent staff are provided with housing on the Estates (in four different camps), and the minimum salary is set at 20% above the government minimum requirement. Staff have social security and Labour Union membership included in their contracts, and an Estate credit union also offer loans and advice for education, health and house construction.

Origin Tanzania
Subregion Arusha
Harvest Season 2023/24
Producer Type Single Estate
Farm Name Bloom Plot, Mondul Estate
Processing Washed
Growing Altitude 1800m
Plant Species Arabica
Variety Bourbon
Coffee Grade TZA CA WA AA
Screen Size 18 Up
Bag Weight 60 KG BAG
Bag Types Grain Pro / Ecotact

Conservation

Dedicated conservationists sit on the Burka Estates board to uphold the legacy of the estates and ecology of the local biome. From the maintenance of Burka Forest and the restoration of Burka Hill, Burka Estate is faithful to its ecological roots.

One of the last and certainly the largest indigenous forests in Arusha, Burka Forest holds the natural spring which first gave Burka its name over 100 years ago. The preservation of these forests has led to a dramatic increase in the diversity and wealth of wildlife in this area. Everything from Dik Diks, to the Madagascar Squacco Heron, to Velvet monkeys, to the last baboon colony in the area; enjoys the protection of Burka’s strict conservation policies, along with over 120 species of bird, attracted by the local flora and natural grassland and forest areas. The Estate trains dedicated wildlife wardens to protect and conserve this wildlife.

The Process

Ripe cherries delivered to mill within 6 hours of picking, where cherries are graded, sorted, and then fed through a Pinhalense de-mucilage machine, before being placed into soaking tanks. Mondul has a natural spring which supplies the wet mill, which is then recirculated before disposal into seepage pits. Waste cherry pulp is mixed with worms to produce organic fertiliser, which is then re-used on the estates.

Parchment is then sorted and thoroughly rinsed in washing channels, and placed onto raised African drying tables. The drying period generally lasts for up to 7 days, until moisture level reaches 12% or lower, with regular turning, particularly in the first 48 hours to ensure even rates of drying. Parchment is transported to Moshi for milling and bagging, and then to Dar Es Salaam for export.

Burka has its own cupping lab on site, and samples of each day’s lot from Mondul are cupped and assessed for quality.

  • Subregion Arusha
  • Farm Name Bloom Plot, Mondul Estate
  • Producer Type Single Estate
  • Processing Washed
  • Bag Types Grain Pro / Ecotact
  • Plant Species Arabica
  • Variety Bourbon
  • Min Growing Altitude 1800m
  • Screen Size 18 Up
  • On Sale No
  • Top Lot No
  • Price Per Kg £6.95
  • Status Spot
  • Coffee Grade TZA CA WA AA
  • CTRM Contract Number P8002167-5
  • Origin Tanzania
  • Warehouse Vollers Group Uk