Zambia Kateshi Estate Natural Lot 1 UTZ/RFA (2021)

Nectarine, milk chocolate
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Lot Number P8001329-1
Warehouse Liverpool, UK
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    About This Coffee

    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. It is also award-winning; its natural and honey placing both 1st and 2nd in Zambia's annual Taste of Harvest competition.

    Local Community is at the heart of the estate's vision. Olam provides daily access to safe drinking water to over 20,000 locals and supports 3 schools that provide 1,500+ students with primary and secondary education. Also on site is our health clinic, the only such facility for 30km. Complete with a pharmacy and delivery room, the clinic provides free basic healthcare to over 4,000 community members and sees an average of 95 visitors per day.

    Kateshi has been recognized for boldly challenging gender stereotypes in Zambia, being the first and only coffee estate to employ women for traditionally male-dominated roles such as driving tractors, bull-dozers and road graders. Oh, and we also sponsor a football team, the Kateshi Coffee Bullets who compete in the Zambian 1st Division. 

    Origin Zambia
    Subregion Northern Province
    Producer Type Single Estate
    Farm Name Kateshi Estate
    Processing Natural/Dry Processed
    Growing Altitude 1300m
    Plant Species Arabica
    Screen Size 15 Up
    Bag Types Grain Pro / Ecotact

    The Region

    Long before Dr. Livingston arrived to name Victoria Falls after the queen, the people who had lived around this wonder of the natural world for generations had already named it more appropriately, “the smoke that thunders.” The falls thunder into the Zambesi River, which flows east toward Mozambique. But before the river crosses the border, take a left and head north up the Luangwa River. You’ll move through land rich in biodiversity, including the world’s largest concentration of hippos. As the river meanders and the altitude rises you will eventually arrive at the source of the Luangwa, 1500 meters up the Mafinga plateau, which is also, as it happens, the home of Olam’s 5 coffee estates.

    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.

    The Process

    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).

    History of Coffee in Zambia

    Coffee was first planted in Zambia in 1978, on what is now Olam’s Ngoli Estate. Overseen by a very energetic, active and supportive ZCGA (Zambia Coffee Growers’ Association), there was a rapid expansion in planting in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s with national production reaching just short of 7,000mt. 

    Then the global coffee price crisis of 1998 to 2004 hit, and hard. Most of the estates required significant investment and infrastructure, including the installation of irrigation systems which could not be made. Low prices forced most estates to switch to other crops. However, since Olam acquired the northern estates in 2012, significant investment has led to a rejuvenation of the Zambian coffee sector. Our coffee estate company NCCL is now the largest coffee producer in the country and the largest single employer in Zambia.

    • Subregion Northern Province
    • Farm Name Kateshi Estate
    • Producer Type Single Estate
    • Processing Natural/Dry Processed
    • Bag Types Grain Pro / Ecotact
    • Plant Species Arabica
    • Min Growing Altitude 1300m
    • Screen Size 15 Up
    • On Sale No
    • Top Lot No
    • CTRM Contract Number P8001329-1
    • Origin Zambia