Malawi Pamwamba Arabica Coffee
Malawi Pamwamba Arabica coffee is a delicious, premium Grade AA coffee. It comes from Malawi, a small, landlocked country in south-east Africa. Malawian coffee is well-known for its full-body and soft, rich flavours.
This particular Malawi Pamwamba Arabica coffee is superb and a little unusual. It is bright, floral, with delicious plum and white wine notes. Actually you might find it a little like our lovely Ethiopian Yirgacheffe coffee but with pine nuts too. Similarly, Pamwamba coffee has a fruity aroma and medium acidity. Of course in coffee descriptions “acidity” means that dry, bright, sometimes even sparkling sensation that a really high-quality coffee has. Certainly it does not mean something that will hurt your tummy! Overall this is a smooth, big-bodied coffee with a distinctly East African coffee finish. It is just gorgeous in the cafetiere or espresso pot.
The Pamwamba Estate
Our Malawian Pamwamba arabica coffee comes from a co-operative farm. The estate is in the remote Thyolo district in the Southern Region of the country. It is a relatively young estate, first planted out in 1979. The altitude varies between 1100m and 1200m above sea level (masl). The terrain is rolling valleys and fertile soil. It has steep slopes and patches of indigenous forest still exist between the fields of coffee.
The Pamwamba estate grows a mixture of Catimor Arabica coffee trees, with a small percentage of SL28 coffee trees too. SL28 is a Bourbon-style Arabica coffee variant. It is highly-prized in Africa for its tolerance to drought.
The estate workers hand-pick only the best of the red cherries. They are highly selective in their work. They re-pick the same trees approximately 10 times over the course of one harvest. The farm replants its coffee bushes every seven or eight years. Therefore the coffee always comes from new young trees.
Brief history of coffee in Malawi
Malawi´s history as a coffee producing country began in 1891, when British colonists introduced the first coffee plants. Coffee plantations spread gradually from the north to the south of Malawi. In the 1950s the British government helped to set up the first coffee co-operatives in the country. These organisations in turn began to supply small growers with plants. There are many thousands of small coffee farmers in Malawi today. The industry has continued to thrive since Malawi’s independence in 1964. As a result today coffee is one of Malawi’s most important export crops.