Zambia Kateshi Estate

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When it comes to coffees grown in Southeast Africa, most people are familiar with coffees grown in Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania, but coffees from places such as Malawi and Zambia are much harder to come by. Our newest offering comes from a small community called the Kateshi Estate in the Northern Province of Zambia, a region that we here at Topeca have never before sourced coffee from. Since we began working with Covoya Coffee Importers over the last year, their team has been instrumental in not only offering interesting coffees from regions that can often be overlooked, but also for their goals in supporting the communities they source from. Community is perhaps the best word to describe the story behind this coffee as the Kateshi Estate, with Covoya’s support, provides access to safe drinking water, primary and secondary education, a medical clinic and pharmacy to over 20,000 residents that call this area home. They even sponsor a local football team called the Kateshi Coffee Bullets who currently compete in the Zambian 1st Division. In a part of the world where women are oftentimes excluded from roles in leadership and operating specialized equipment, the Kateshi estate is challenging the status quo by being the only coffee producer in Zambia that currently employs women to operate heavy machinery such as bull-dozers, road graders, and tractors. This Rainforest Alliance Certified coffee contains two primary arabica cultivars, Castillo and Catimor that are grown using a combination of center-pivot irrigation systems and traditional row by row agriculture that are wide enough to accommodate tractor harvesters, shifting a great deal of the most difficult work from the workers to specialty machinery. These two cultivars are much more common in South and Central America and were cultivated to have a high resistance to coffee rust due to their shared lineage with canephora coffee. These coffees, and Castillo specifically, tend to produce a rather distinct flavor profile that could be described as robust, herbaceous and wild, and in this cup you’ll find all of those traits and more as the natural process has imparted an intensity that we simply could not pass up. This offering aligns perfectly with our goals at Topeca, to support and highlight hard working folks around the world who strive to produce excellent coffee with equity, sustainability, and passion.

 

This Zambian natural kicks off with notes of a mellow cherry cola, spanish lime zest, and a rich candied walnut finish.

 

Terroir Information – Single Origin

Producer

Kateshi Estate

Region

Northern Province, Zambia

Altitude

1300 masl

Cultivar(s)

Castillo, Catimor

Processing Method

Natural

Roast Degree

Light

Flavor Notes

Cherry Cola, Spanish Lime, Candied Walnut

Importer

Covoya Specialty Coffee

 

Don't own a grinder? Don't own a good grinder? Not a problem, let us expertly grind the coffee for you depending on the method with which you brew. We roast, grind and package your coffee to order, so it gets to you just a few days after roasting. We do recommend to consume pre-ground coffee within 2 weeks after opening to experience maximum freshness of flavor. 

Espresso (Fine) - best for home espresso machines, moka pot and some Aeropress recipes

Pour Over (Med-Fine) - best for single cup pour over methods with 2-3 min brew times: V60, Kalita, Malita, Clever, etc

Drip (Medium) - best for auto-drip makers and larger pour overs with 4-6 min brew times such as Chemex

French Press (Med-Coarse) - best for French press and cold brew methods. 

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