Zambia Innovation - Kateshi Estate (Lactic + Yeast Fermentation)

Ripe pear, melon, grape, lime, simple syrup
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Bag Weight 60 KG BAG
Harvest Season 2021/22
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Lot Number P608530-3
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    About This Coffee

    The Olam Coffee Estate Company in Zambia was started in 2012. It is both the largest coffee producer in Zambia and now the largest employer in the country. As one of the longest-running and most established wet-processing facilities in Zambia, Kateshi has led the way in experimental post-harvest techniques, including anaerobic and yeast fermentation. This fully washed lot has undergone extended fermentation with lactic acid and yeast starter cultures, resulting in enhanced sweetness and nuanced flavors. 

    Country of Origin Zambia
    Harvest Season 2021/22
    Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
    Plant Species Arabica
    Processing Washed
    Variety Castillo
    Region Northern Province

    History of Coffee in Zambia 

    The history of Zambian coffee seems familiar: men in Holy Orders of one sort or another arrive and plant seeds. But in the case of Zambia, missionaries did not introduce coffee farming until the 1950s. By the time commercial coffee production began in Zambia, the British had considerable experience in starting and operating coffee plantations in India, Kenya, and elsewhere. Planting coffee was an attempt to decrease a dependence on copper exports. Not surprisingly, the emphasis was on yield and production efficiencies. Plantations were large and orderly, grown in full sun on flat land, and processed in large wet mills wherever possible. Nevertheless Zambia made almost no appearance whatsoever on the world coffee stage until coffee was officially exported for the first time in 1985.

    Growing Coffee in Zambia 

    The Northern province has the best conditions for arabica coffee cultivation in Zambia with its relative proximity to the equator and abundant altitude (Mafinga Hills being the highest point in the country at 2,300 masl).  Most coffee grows from 1300 - 2300 masl. Zambia produces both washed and naturally processed coffee and has introduced some honey processing.  A wide range of varieties including Catimor 129, Castillo, Java, and other trial varieties. Specialty grades are AAA, AA, AB and Peaberry. 

    • Region Northern Province
    • Wet Mill Kateshi Estate
    • Processing Washed
    • Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
    • Plant Species Arabica
    • Variety Castillo
    • Screen Size 19 Up
    • On Sale Yes
    • On Sale Text pallet discount
    • Top Lot No
    • Status Spot
    • CTRM Contract Number P608530-3
    • Country of Origin Zambia