Kipenzi (Peaberry Washed)
Rich dark fruits infused with zesty cranberry & maple syrup.
In southern Tanzania, a region historically dominated by commercial coffee, quality processing is unearthing unique coffees from the Mkulima Kwanza Co-operative. This coffee, grown at 1700 meters above sea level, is a celebration of the co-op members farming and the processing by Communal Shamba. Working closely together, they’ve sorted out the naturally occurring Peaberry – where only one seed matures in the cherry – and put it through the washed process. Not only a delicious, unique expression of coffee from the Songwe region, the sale of these coffees are supporting community educational and health initiatives. Delicious + impactful: right up our alley!
Explore our full range of Communal Shamba coffees from this season!
Five Senses x Communal Shamba
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.