Estate Iloma AMCOS
Process Swiss Water Decaf
Taste Dark chocolate, green apple, raspberry, and honey.
This is an Swiss Water Process Decaffeinated coffee .
The Swiss Water® Process uses green coffee extract and caffeine specific filtering technology to remove caffeine from green beans. In this method exposure to water expands the pores of the green coffee in preparation for caffeine extraction. Swiss Water® process is a 100% chemical free and Organic process.
Estate: Various smallholders
Varietal: Caturra, Typica
Certification: Swiss Water Decaf
Harvest Year: 2017
Processing: Wet processed - decaffeinated
Altitude: 1400 m.a.s.l
Specialty coffee isn’t new to Tanzania, but in recent years the industry has seen an upheaval of sorts. Changes in government regulations regarding who is allowed to purchase coffee cherry have forced producers to scramble and band together, forming Agricultural Marketing Cooperative Societies (ACMOS) and building small central processing stations in order to protect their collective livelihood.
One such group, the Iloma AMCOS, was formed in 2018 after these changes took effect. Originally the Iyela Farmer Group, the association first formed in the Mbeya area of Southern Tanzania in 2011. In 2016, the group built a central processing station. The group’s new name, Iloma, comes from the villages of where the majority of their farmers live: Illomba and Mufaumbo. The Iloma AMCOS has contributed greatly to the community, helping to provide electricity in the village as well as educational opportunities for students to learn agricultural practices.
Iloma farmers bring their cherries to the station in the afternoon for de-pulping, a process that can last through the night at peak harvest. After de-pulping, coffee is graded in washing channels before undergoing a 24-48 hour fermentation. Coffee is then washed and given a further soak overnight, then dried on raised tables for 11-14 days.