Zambia – Kateshi
The Coffee farm is based in the North region of Zambia, the area shares its borders with Tanzania and d.r. congo. the southern shore of Lake Tanganyika, the world’s longest freshwater lake is along the border. This area has perfect conditions for growing arabica coffee as its relative proximity to the equator and abundant altitude as the Mafinga hills are the highest point in the country at 2300 masl.
The Kateshi coffee estate was established in 1972 and was one of the first coffee estates in Zambia located close to the Kateshi village. Back then, its wet processing facilities represented the heart of coffee production in northern Zambia having been the central mill for all coffee produced in the region.
Sustainability is at the heart of Kateshi Estates’ operations as they strive for excellent relationships with the community and the protection of natural resources. Almost 600 ha of land are protected forest areas with high conservation value.
Kateshi is the first and only coffee estate to employ women for traditionally male-dominated roles such as driving tractors and larger equipment like road graders and bulldozers. A strong focus on gender equality means this coffee directly contributes to the empowerment of women.
The best quality cherries are carefully selected with double handpicking they are then put on raised beds to be dried. The cherries are spread across in thin layers to ensure even drying and are regularly turned over for 3 to 4 weeks.
The producers have achieved a medium-bodied cup with balanced acidity and flavours of nectarine, orange and milk chocolate.