This coffee is grown at an elevation of 1,765 meters above sea level in northern Tanzania. It is a fully washed bean and dried on raised beds. The coffee is harvested from September – February. The Burka Estate which includes the Mondul Estate where this coffee is harvested from is one of Tanzania’s oldest and largest specialty coffee producers. Mr. Rahn, a German settler, established the Burka estate in 1899 and planted the first coffee trees. The estate became part of the new British Protectorate in Tanganyika after World War I when German East African colonial status ended. Swiss investors bought the farm in 1929 and have owned it since then. Two hundred permanent staff are employed and during harvest season, there are 500 additional daily staff. Permanent staff and their families receive housing on the estate, medical services and schooling for the children. The staff is also paid 20% above minimum wage.
The coffee is shade grown and the Burka Coffee Estate uses an eco-friendly and responsible approach to growing its coffee.