Bean There Coffee Company will continually venture through Africa in search of the continent's best coffees. Many East African countries grow and produce some of the world's finest coffee beans. Bean There will explore these countries and bring these outstanding coffees to the market.
Bean There's mission to discover single origin, fairly traded, exclusive coffee will need to be met in order to begin working with a new African country and region. Most importantly, Bean There needs to ensure community development and assistance when working with the farmers. Community projects are crucial to Bean There's present and future, and no coffee will be purchased unless we are assured the purchase is directly helping that community. It is therefore an essential part of Bean There's exploration to personally visit the farmers and discuss with them what they need to improve their production, their lives, and their communities.
Going to Zambia
Where the Zambezi Flows
Zambian coffee is grown in the northern district of the Muchinga Mountains (regions of Nakonde, Kasama and Isoka) and in the vicinity of the capital city, Lusaka.
Zambia only grows Arabica coffee. All coffee is wet processed. The country's southern latitude results in a mild, flavourful cup, which is attractive to a wide range of consumers. The Zambia Coffee Growers Association monitors and controls the quality produced by each farmer. No shipments leave Zambia without a ZCGA quality certificate. This is self-discipline of the highest degree: the growers themselves impose the standards each one must adhere to!
Going to Zimbabwe
The Smoke that Thunders
Zimbabwe established strict classification and grading standards in order to insure that fine quality coffees would be produced for export. The majority of the crop is grown in the Chipinge district at an altitude of 4500 feet and is harvested from June to November.
The most popular method of drying the coffee is in the sun, followed by six to eight weeks of conditioning. This, coupled with the unique growing conditions and the care that the farmers take in cultivation, results in a coffee that has a rich aroma and slightly spicy flavor with medium body. This coffee is sweetly tarry, still has ripe citrus notes, and spicy suggestions - a very good balance between body and overall cup intensity
Going to Uganda
The Origins of Robusta Coffee
Uganda has seen a tremendous rate of progress and development in the past 15 years. Blessed with an ideal climate, Uganda is a lush country with an astounding amount of lakes, wetlands and rivers. This country has a long tradition of coffee production - dating back more than 100 years - and is now ranked 2nd in Africa and 7th in the world for coffee production. It is the leading exporter of organic coffee in Africa.
Good Ugandan coffees are of intense character and are unique among East African coffees. Arabica coffees are full bodied with sparkling acidity and sweet distinctive characteristics.
Going to Malawi
The Warm Heart of Africa
Malawi is a relatively small country whose borders meander on a north-south axis between Mozambique and Zambia in southeastern Africa. Malawi specialty coffees are produced by estates throughout the country and by smaller, independent farmers in the northern Mzuzu region.
Malawian coffees embody the softer, more floral style of East Africa coffee: sweet, delicate, and shyly bright. It is characteristically smooth and full-bodied.