Varietal: Bourbon, Kent & Compact
Process: Fully washed and sun dried
Altitude: 1400 - 1800m above sea level
Flavours: Walnut, Hazelnut, Chocolate
The GDM farm name is derived from its owner and local entrepreneur, Mr Grivas D Mwangoka. Born and raised in the village of Ndolezi, he has worked tirelessly to expand and to continuously improve his farm.
Grivas' farm provides work for up to 70 locals in low season and some 300 in busier harvesting seasons. This offers income and opportunity to men and women from surrounding villages and for many, the sole source of decent income.
When harvest time comes around, the coffee cherries are handpicked over two passes; only selecting the reddest cherries on the trees. Once delivered to the processing units, another process begins by separating any under-ripe cherries, along with removing any foreign matter such as gravel or sticks. The cherries are then soaked in water to clean unwanted residue. Pulping then begins with the use of a Pengagose Eco Pulper to remove the outer layer of the fruit and any coffee mucilage, therefore, meaning no fermentation. Once pulping has completed, the beans are washed and sorted via the washing and grading channels before transferring onto raised beds for drying to commence. The drying process can take anywhere from 12 to 20 days, with careful monitoring of the moisture levels.
Although the region has often perfect conditions to produce delicious coffee, it is not without its challenges. One main area of concern is of course climate change. With inadequate rains and longer dry days, reducing yield is now adding to existing challenges that face farming in this area already. To combat this, Mr Mwangoka plans to establish a new irrigation system, that would help collect rainwater to reuse during droughts. Mr Mwangoka is dedicated to improving the lives of those who reside in his and surrounding communities and plays a vital role in supporting community projects, local schools and even helps to provide lunches and books for local students.
The passion in this farm to produce beautiful coffee is evident. Typical of some eastern African countries, the coffee is rich in flavours including, walnut, hazelnut and dark chocolate.