Kimondo AA, Tanzania
- Tasting Notes: Brandywine, Date, Tart
- Varietal(s): Kent & Bourbon
- Processing: Fully Washed
- Drying: Raised beds
- Altitude: 1600-1800 masl
- Farm(ers): Keremba Warioba and Mkunde Charchage
- Region: Mbozi District
- Country of Origin: Tanzania
In 2016, Jacob, our founder, met Keremba in Melbourne. Both were calling Australia home. However, Keremba was already anticipating a return to Tanzania once his partner, Mkunde Chachage, finished her Phd. It was clear from the beginning that Keremba and Mkunde had their hearts set on improving Tanzanian lives using coffee as a medium so Jacob and Keremba began to dream and explore what that might look like.
As the Director of Coffee for 5 Senses, once Keremba returned Jacob was able to commit to Keremba’s first harvest, sight unseen. This enabled Keremba to move on with his vision and first harvest with a minimalized risk. Now, 5 years and 5 harvest later, Tenfold Coffee is the first company to bring Keremba and Mkunde’s coffee into the U.S. and we are honored.
The initial organization that Keremba set up is called Communal Shamba. It was established to facilitate the trade of green coffee from smallholder farmers in the southern highland region of Tanzania to the consuming world. Despite what one might think in the digital age, access or connections to the consuming world is still a huge challenge to overcome for most small holders.
After this, Communal Shamba teamed up with other fellow small holders to establish the agricultural co-operative society Mkulima Kwanza (when translated from Swahili this means “farmers first”). Mkulima Kwanza is set up to produce and process specialty coffee using advanced and sometimes experimental methods. Their primary hope is to increase farmers’ prices and reduce production costs all the while focusing on quality.