Region: Mbeya Owner: Tanzanian National Youth Service Varietal(s): N39, Bourbon, & Kent Processing method: Fully Washed Elevation: 1,652 masl
PB denotes ‘peaberry.’ Most coffee cherries contain two seeds that develop with flattened facing sides (the familiar ‘coffee bean’), but sometimes only one of the two seeds is fertilized, and the single seed develops with nothing to flatten it. This oval (or pea-shaped) bean is known as peaberry. Typically around 5% of all coffee beans harvested present this peculiarity.
This coffee is produced through the Tanzanian Army’s National Youth Program. The National Service–or Jeshi la Kujenga Taifa (JKT) in Swahili–offers alternatives to young people who have neither the opportunities nor the resources to access higher education. The programme is voluntary, and young people who inscribe are taught life-skills that enhance their ability to gain employment and income in areas such as agriculture, masonry, carpentry and entrepreneurship.
The south of the country has not traditionally been a hot-spot for Tanzanian coffee although the camp has grown coffee since 1968 (from the very beginning of the JKT programmes) While the programme has multiple ‘camps’ across the country, the Itende camp focuses on agriculture–and coffee in particular. In addition to using the TaCRI (Tanzanian Coffee Research Institute) seedlings that have been gifted to the programme, they have built their own nursery in which they have begun to cultivate their own seedlings. Through the land, there is a very healthy looking stream which is a vital source of fresh, clean water. In fact, considering the rural environs, it is surprising that Itende is located only 1.5 km from the city centres of Mbeya–another feature that makes it attractive to the young people who attend.
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