Certified Organic. Grown along the base of the Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free standing mountain in the world, in rich volcanic loam, shaded by banana and mixed forest canopies. These Tanzanian beans are grown by the Kilimanjaro Native Cooperative Union, the oldest cooperative in Africa founded back in 1930. The KNCU flourished in the 50’s and 60’s before becoming nationalized for a short period, and later losing a large portion of its members by competition with private companies. Since the late 1990’s, KNCU has steadily reclaimed dominance over Kilimanjaro coffee production, and is the largest buyer of smallholder Tanzanian coffee once again. KNCU has been working with the Fair Trade and organic certification programs to better support its member cooperatives and small farmers, as well as preserve the natural environment.
These beans are grown between 1400-2000 meters above sea level, with a mixture wet-processed of Bourbon, Typica and Kent cultivars. Some pleasant woody cedar, intense floral and herbal character, lemongrass, black pepper and berry can all be brought out of these beans in a lighter roast.