Arabica coffee has been grown in Tanzania since it was introduced by German colonists in the 19th century. Coffee production was government mandated in Tanzania, formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar, until the 1990s when it became privatized. This privatization led to reform in coffee production and granted producers more market access.
This offering comes from the Ngila Coffee Estate, which is located at 1600 masl near the Ngorongoro Crater. This estate has 150,000 coffee trees and grows many varieties of coffee in the rich, volcanic soil, including Typica, Bourbon, SL28, Pacamara and Geisha.
Ngila Estate is a 250-hectare farm that is planted with 150,000 coffee trees on 100 hectares of land. The farm has been RFA and Utz certified for a decade, and the owners use traditional methods to fertilize as well as to control pests and diseases, especially focusing on biodiversity.
Coffees are picked and depulped the same day, then fermented underwater for 12 hours. The coffee is washed once to remove any mucilage, and then dried on raised beds for 12 days.