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Malawi Chanya Washed

Origin Malawi /

Altitude 1400 mals /

Crop Year 2018/2019 /

Varietal Nyika and Geisha /

Product Code 6600

About Malawi Chanya Washed

Mzuzu Coffee Planters Cooperative Union Limited is a farmer-owned Organization with 2,600 farmers of which 26% are women. Chanya is one of the 19 washing stations in Misuku Primary Cooperative Society. It has a total of 83 farmers (70 men and 13 women).

The Mzuzu Coffee Planters Cooperative Union is located in the mountains of Malawi, overlooking Lake Malawi backed by forests and surrounded by wildlife and beautiful views. Their skilful harvesting and processing ensure that their coffee’s full characteristics are unveiled. Their aim is that every smallholder coffee farming family should have good living conditions, food security, adequate warmth and access to good quality education.

Mzuzu farmers have received training and support to move away from a mono-crop coffee culture. Now are proud to be growing shade-grown coffee on terraces with nitrogen-rich ground cover. They produce their own organic, homemade fertilisers and composts with the aim of improving yields for the long-term.

About Malawi

Coffee was first introduced to Malawi by missionaries during the 1880s. During this time, commercial growing areas were mainly concentrated in Thyolo and Mulanje.

The coffee industry is now divided into Estates and Small holders. Most of the Estates don’t take coffee as their major crop, cultivating tea, macadamia and Tabacco as their major crops. Currently there are around 3000 small holder coffee farmers in Malawi. They are organized into 6 Cooperatives in different regions of Malawi: Misuku, Phoka, Viphya, North, Nkhatabay Highlands, South East Mzimba and Ntchisi East. This sector produces between 350 to 450 mt of coffee annually.

Under the small holder’s sector, more cooperatives can be promoted in order to cover new districts in Malawi. It is estimated that around 10000 to 20000 ha can be developed. Currently the country only produces 1500 mt of coffee per year but this can be increased to 20000 mt if further investments are made into the coffee growing industry.