The Republic of Malawi borders on Zambia in the west, on Tanzania in the north, and on Mozambique in the east, south, and southwest. About 20% of its total area is made up of Lake Nyasa (Lake Malawi). The rest of the country is made up of Great Rift Valley and a plateau that averages 2,500 to 4,500 ft. in height, but reaches elevations of 8,000 ft. in the north and almost 10,000 ft. in the south. During the 1890s, Europeans established coffee-growing estates in the Shire region of Malawi. In the 1930s, missionaries introduced coffee in the north. The missionaries sold seedlings to the farmers and then the farmers sold the coffee beans to the missionaries. Later, with the help of the British colonial government, coffee cooperatives were established. For years Malawi just sold their coffee on the market as a bulk commodity with little grading, despite being so close to Ethiopia and the birthplace of coffee. Today, connoisseurs realize the hidden gem of Malawi and have worked to introduce more stringent grading systems to find the best coffee in each harvest. Coffee production in Malawi is very labor-intensive, so there are not "estate" coffees as you might find in other countries. Most coffee is harvested by cooperatives who share washing stations for their beans. From there the coffee is sorted and graded.
Today, Malawi Coffee is meticulously processed and graded, using internationally approved standards and quality control measures, to provide a high quality offering. Relatively unknown, Malawi coffee has of recent times made extensive developments in quality control, throughout from coffee producing (from harvest to green bean), in the brewing and cupping thereof and finally in packaging and marketing. This revolution has resulted in the emergence of an exciting, fresh, flavourful cup that can be compared with the finest of East African Coffee.
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