Zambia RFA Natural - Kateshi Estate

Blueberry, blackberry, grape jelly, milk chocolate
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Bag Weight 60 KG BAG
Harvest Season 2022/23
Status Spot
Lot Number P611525-2
  • 19 Bag(s)
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About This Coffee

Kateshi coffee estate, as one of the first coffee estates in Zambia, was established in 1972 close to 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. It is also award-winning; its natural and honey placing both 1st and 2nd in Zambia's annual Taste of Harvest competition.

Local Community is at the heart of the estate's vision. Covoya provides daily access to safe drinking water to over 20,000 locals and supports 3 schools that provide 1,500+ students with primary and secondary education. Also on site is our health clinic, the only such facility for 30km. Complete with a pharmacy and delivery room, the clinic provides free basic healthcare to over 4,000 community members and sees an average of 95 visitors per day.

Kateshi has been recognized for boldly challenging gender stereotypes in Zambia, being the first and only coffee estate to employ women for traditionally male-dominated roles such as driving tractors, bull-dozers and road graders. Oh, and we also sponsor a football team, the Kateshi Coffee Bullets who compete in the Zambian 1st Division. 

Country of Origin Zambia
Region Northern Province
Producer Type Single Estate
Farm Name Kateshi Estate
Processing Natural/Dry Processed
Growing Altitude 1300m
Harvest Season 2022/23
Bag Weight 60 KG BAG
Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
Plant Species Arabica
Variety Castillo, Catimor 129, F6
Certifications Rainforest Alliance Certified (IP)

History of Coffee in Zambia 

Coffee was first planted in Zambia in 1978, on what is now Ngoli Estate. Overseen by a very energetic, active and supportive ZCGA (Zambia Coffee Growers’ Association), there was a rapid expansion in planting in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s with national production reaching just short of 7,000mt. 

Then the global coffee price crisis of 1998 to 2004 hit, and hard. Most of the estates required significant investment and infrastructure, including the installation of irrigation systems which could not be made. Low prices forced most estates to switch to other crops. However, since Covoya's parent company acquired the northern estates in 2012, significant investment has led to a rejuvenation of the Zambian coffee sector. Our coffee estate company NCCL is now the largest coffee producer in the country and the largest single employer in Zambia.

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
  • Farm Name Kateshi Estate
  • Producer Type Single Estate
  • Processing Natural/Dry Processed
  • Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
  • Plant Species Arabica
  • Variety Castillo, Catimor 129, F6
  • Min Growing Altitude 1300m
  • On Sale No
  • Top Lot Yes
  • Status Spot
  • Certifications Rainforest Alliance Certified (IP)
  • Coffee Grade ZMB CA NAT MB UNDER GRADE
  • CTRM Contract Number P611525-2
  • Country of Origin Zambia
  • Warehouse Continental NJ