lemon, honey, syrupy
Produced by small-holding growers in the Ruvuma growing region, near Lake Nyasa in southwestern Tanzania, from trees of the heirloom variety.
The Mbinga district depends largely on coffee for trade with the rest of the country. Until recently, the coffee was not harvested or processed well—farmers picked the coffee early in order to pay debts, and processed it at home using hand-pulpers, buckets, and dirty water. So, in 1997, Soochak Bush and Tropex, two private companies under the same management, began setting the stage to improve the quality of Mbinga coffee through proper processing. They built 13 new, central pulperies and 8 mini-pulperies, and came to agreements with villages to rehabilitate old pulperies.