Kipenzi (Peaberry Natural)
Bubblegum sweet with juicy mandarin & decadent raspberry liqueur.
Detailed grading paired with the natural process is a showcase for the Mkulima Kwanza Co-operative, supporting positive social impact and the emergence from a commodity market. Coffee from the Songwe region has historically been bulked into faceless commercial lots, but the work of Communal Shamba has helped the farmers of the Mkulima Kwanza co-op showcase their true potential. For this lot, careful processing separated out the naturally processed Peaberries (with only one seed maturing in the cherry) resulting in a cup that’s jam packed with unique flavours. Not only delicious, but funds from the sale of this coffee go directly back into education and health initiatives within the farming community. Win win!
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Five Senses x Communal Shamba
We’re incredibly proud to share the story of Communal Shamba, a fledgling Tanzanian coffee collective producing the kind of coffee we’re super proud of. Founders of Communal Shamba, husband and wife team, Keremba Warioba and Dr Mkunde Chachage worked and studied in Australia for over 10 years. Although they had no coffee experience, a strong passion for agriculture and social impact inspired us to offer support in getting their fledgling business off the ground with an open door to training and a commitment to buy their first harvest sight-unseen.
Returning to Tanzania in 2017, Keremba and Mkunde partnered with farmer co-op Mkulima Kwanza and our initial faith was rewarded with a delicious crop and immediate fans. Now, five harvests in, the business is bringing recognition and funds into a community historically mired in commercial coffee. It’s not just delicious though – backed by Dr Chachage’s medical know-how and strong collaboration with the community, the sale of their coffee is funding some valuable expansions for the local primary school and health clinic literally amongst the coffee farms. Great coffee and positive impact? This is what gets us up in the morning!
Five Senses were the first coffee roasters to and, gathered around the sorting tables, we naturally began to talk about the opportunities for quality improvement, especially cherry ripeness. While selective picking was a new conversation, the Mkulima Kwanza members immediately identified the opportunity and took action the very next day where we arrived at farms to find bulging bags of pristine, ripe cherries. The results of this latest selective picking – aptly named Kipenzi or ‘Beloved’ in Swahili – are a delicious testament to the work of Communal Shamba and Mkulima Kwanza.
Get to know: Communal Shamba
Like every good superhero backstory, Communal Shamba came about through a chance encounter with something extraordinary. It’s 2016. Keremba Warioba and Dr Mkunde Chachage, two home-town Tanzanians who had spent the last 10 years working and studying in Melbourne, stumbled in to one of our Curated Cupping events. While their family back home grew coffee, they had virtually no coffee experience – but they had a strong passion for agriculture and social impact…
Keremba Warioba & Dr Mkunde Chachage
The first ever coffee buyers Mkulima Kwanza had ever met!
Kerembe at MICE sharing Communal Shamba coffee.