About the Coffee
Easy to brew whatever the method. We love the body of this one coupled with sweet fruit notes. Very Tanzanian, very delicious. We taste red grape, apple cake & brown sugar. We recommend a brew ratio of 60 – 80g coffee / 1000ml.
About the coffee growers
Lunji Estate is located about 20 kilometers northwest of the city of Mbeya, at the foot of the Mbeya Peak. Created in 1898 by a German settler, Emil Köstlin, the estate was first dedicated to cattle breeding and cereals. It was not until 1928 that the first coffee trees were planted.
The estate has moved from hand to hand over the years before being purchased in 1994 by Clemens and Stella Maier. 27 years later, Clemens, Stella, and their son Paul still run the estate and employ 26 people all year round, 150 during peak season.
Clemens and his family have a very community-oriented vision for their estate and believe that producing high-quality coffee will not only help their employees improve their living standards, but give perspective to the whole community.
Lunji Farm cultivates coffee following sustainable practices like mulching and introducing beneficial insects to minimise the use of pesticides and fertilisers. While the estate covers 275 hectares, coffee – which grows under shade trees – takes only 92 hectares. More than 180 hectares are reserved for the forest, which feeds the water reservoirs, fosters biodiversity, and supports natural soil regeneration.
About the roaster
Lunji is roasted on Betty, a 1955 cast iron Probat Roaster found in Cardiff in 2010 and lovingly brought back to life through a series of restorations by Extract Coffee co-founder, David Faulkner. Her most recent restoration throughout 2018 and 2019 made further improvements on her efficiency and will keep this iconic machine running for many more years to come.