BLUE BOTTLE COFFE HAILS MZUZU COFFEE COOPERATIVE UNION.
A coffee roasting company based in California United States of America hails Mzuzu cooperative union for having its structures in place and empowering its farmers for records keeping.
Blue Bottle Coffee has branches in Japan and United States of America (USA) that deals on roasting of top most coffee’s from around the world.
During his trip in Malawi a representative of the company Charles Habegger who has been touring the coffee producers around the world was happy to note that each farmer had a record book which they kept for all farming activities and commended the spirit for it since traceability is very important in Coffee business.
‘’Farmers should work tirelessly for quality improvement and consistence, ‘’ says Habbegger. When he had meetings with farmers in Phoka.
Habbegger was also encouraged with the understanding of the farmers on the importance of knowing that coffee is taken for pleasure and therefore they should make sure to produce good coffee at the market.
Zone Chairlady addressing members of staff and our Visitor in Phoka.
After visiting Phoka we went to Misuku but due to heavy rains most of our programs were affected and only visited Chisi farms due to the heavy rains that made the roads slippery and impassable to reach other coffee growing areas.
‘’Am very impressed with the elevation of the area” commented Charlie, which is about 1944m above the sea level and have good coffee crops which are doing excellent. Charlie encouraged the farmers to continue doing the great work and promised to buy the coffee at a good price as long as the quality is good.
Mr Habbegger also said there is a great potential for Mzuzu coffee as he has seen the hardworking spirit of the farmers and staff in promoting good farming practices especially the organic coffee farming and also the importance of diversification in the coffee field practiced in phoka.
Among the places he visited is the Usingini Commercial farm located in Nkhata-Bay District about 50km North-East of Mzuzu on slopes overlooking Lake Malawi.
The farm belongs to MZCPCU and is currently under development 564,000 trees has been planted to coffee since 2011. When fully developed, the farm is expected to have about 1,000,000 coffee trees (250ha) and producing around 500MT of green beans annually. The farm also has invested in beekeeping and horticulture. The farm is expected to invest in irrigation, machines for both primary and secondary processing, housing, school and health facilities.