Project Direct in Tanzania
Project Direct Tanzania comes from two family held estates in the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania. Konrad Legg runs these farms with his wife Gilly and daughter Anabelle on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain. Fertile volcanic soil and a long standing local tradition of coffee growing abound in this region, supplemented by water from the Kikafu River.
Project Direct Tanzania comes from three farms run by the Legg family: Kibo, Kikafu, and Boloti Estates. Each of these Estates produces coffee, maize, spices, and shade trees, maintaining diversity on all of their farms. Workers are provided housing and many live on the farm year round or in nearby Masama Village, which have been renovated over the past four years with direct trade funding. A full-time coffee cupper also lives on Kibo Estate and tastes coffees fresh from the harvest on the on-site cupping lab to ensure that quality standards are met and to identify the most productive and high quality sections of each of the farms.
Nearby Kikafu river provides water for irrigation on these coffee Estates, but this region of Tanzania has suffered greatly from drought and coffee pests and diseases. Keeping the coffee trees fertile and productive is a never-ending challenge for Kibo, Kikafu and Boloti Estates, and year round farm management is the key to producing great coffee from these farms. Each year we select the best coffees from these three estates, which are milled locally in Moshi, transferred through the Tanzania Coffee Auction, and shipped in Grain-pro bags directly to our plant in Portland.
- Cup score: 83
- Variety: N-39 (Bourbon), KP-423, F-6 (Catimor), F-129 (Catimor), Caturra
- Aroma: Chocolate and floral
- Flavor: Caramel, chocolate, almond, and orange
- Sweetness: Lime and other citrus
- Body: Bright and creamy