Coffee from Cooperatives
Several farmer cooperatives provide our beans in Mbeya—Hasambo Amcos, based just outside Mbozi, has 650 farmers. The group was established in 1993 as a cooperative and started to operate independently in 2002. Mwalyego is another grower group based in Iwala village, and has 150 farmers. Mwalyego has consistently produced high quality coffee and is a regular contestant in the Taste of Harvest competition. Mimba Estate has around 300 acres of coffee and produces fully washed Arabica coffee. The estate is run and managed by the Swiss owner Joseph who has been running the farm for over 25 years. Itende coffee estate is a 200 acre coffee farm run by the Tanzanian army based just outside Mbeya city and has been in operation for over 60 years.