Malawi: Sable Farms - Fully Washed Peaberry
In the cup: Chocolate and red berries - sweetness and a pleasant acidity. A light herbal notes with a mild spice aftertaste.
Cupping Score: 86
Variety: SL28, Rui 11
Process: Fully Washed
Producer: Sable Farms
Altitude: 1200 metres above sea level
The landlocked country in south-central Africa neighbours Mozambique to its east and south, Zambia to its west and Tanzania to its north. The Mulanje Massif runs through the south of the country, which provides the river network with most of its water. Another important water source is Lake Malawi. Malawi has a subtropical climate with two rainy seasons between October and November and May and June. Harvest takes place from April to October with harvesting peaks varying from region to region.
Coffee production in Malawi relies on a small network of coffee cooperatives and 5 large estates mainly in the south. Of these 5, Sable Farming is the main producer and exporter of washed Arabica coffee. The estate sector produces around 2/3 of the annual national coffee volume (1500 MT).
Estimates say Malawi has between 3000 and 4000 smallholder coffee producers, who are organized in 6 cooperatives mainly in the central and northern region. In turn, these 6 organized into 1 umbrella cooperative: the Mzuzu Coffee Planters Cooperative Union. The smallholder and cooperative sector produces between 350 and 450 metric tons of coffee per year.
The biggest challenge for the national coffee sector remains the poor infrastructure and plants with low resistance to diseases. Thriving estates like the Sable Farms are an important economic force for the region, setting an example for the country’s potential in coffee production.