DECAFF - ILOMA - single origin espresso roast


This coffee is part of the Swiss Water "Small Batch Series". It is a program of limited offerings that features seasonal, traceable, tasty coffees.

Specialty co­ffee isn’t new to Tanzania, but in recent years the industry has seen an upheaval of sorts. Changes in government regulations regarding who is allowed to purchase coff­ee cherry have forced producers to scramble and band together, forming Agricultural Marketing Cooperative Societies (ACMOS) and building small central processing stations in order to protect their collective livelihood.

One such group, the Iloma AMCOS, was formed in 2018 after these changes took eff­ect. Originally the Iyela Farmer Group, the association first formed in the Mbeya area of Southern Tanzania in 2011. In 2016, the group built a central processing station. The group’s new name, Iloma, comes from the villages of where the majority of their farmers live: Illomba and Mufaumbo. The Iloma AMCOS has contributed greatly to the community, helping to provide electricity in the village as well as educational opportunities for students to learn agricultural practices.

Iloma farmers bring their cherries to the station in the afternoon for de-pulping, a process that can last through the night at peak harvest. After de-pulping, coff­ee is graded in washing channels before undergoing a 24-48 hour fermentation. Co­ffee is then washed and given a further soak overnight, then dried on raised tables for 11-14 days.

Tanzania Iloma is 100% Bourbon coffee grown at approximately 1,850 meters above sea level.