This coffee is a blend of AA and AB lots from a number of Agricultural Marketing Cooperative Societies (or, AMCOS) that work with Ibero Tanzania, the country’s largest exporter. “Some of these southern AMCOS are producing such good coffee now,” the team at Ibero tells us. “Many are even better than estate coffees.” In 2018, changes in federal regulations determined that each village could have only one AMCOS. The Ibero Tanzania team has since been working with a number of AMCOS across southern Tanzania, helping them to build efficient and cost-effective washing stations. Ibero also lent them funding to purchase materials for the stations, with a repayment arrangement of three years. The arrangement was so successful that upon repayment, many of the AMCOS requested the loan again, to this time purchase their own de-pulpers. Consolidating production has dramatically improved quality, along with the presence of washing-station managers, who the AMCOS pay a service fee for and who ensure that quality standards are consistently high and met, including that only ripe cherry is processed. The artwork created by Madeline Jones.
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A traditional farming method in which coffee trees are grown alongside other crops under a canopy of taller trees. The mixture of vegetation prevents erosion and protects the coffee from harsh weather. Shade grown farms also provide vital wildlife habitat.