South African Mpenjati coffee beans

R145.00R500.00 incl. VAT

Coffees from the rolling hills of the Southern coast of KwaZulu Natal and the banks of the Mpenjati river. Two processes from one farm. The coffees are sweet, complex.

The Honey is now sold out! Only Washed version left.

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Description

We source the Mpenjati Coffee directly from Souther KZN.

Long time coming

We have been looking for a good South African coffee since we started in 2006. While we have found a few coffee producing farms, some have produced lower quality coffee, or have decided not to sell the green coffee to us.

When we heard Des talking at a creative coffee week, we were intrigued. Was this finally a farmer we could work with?

A few messages and phone calls later, we were sent samples. A week later they were roasted, and we were impressed. We got hold of Des, and he said the new crop was not in, but he had some left from earlier in the year. We asked him to send all he could (of the coffees we liked).

A week later and we had coffee couriered to us.

Mpenjati Coffee

The coffee is grown in the rolling coastal hills of Southern Kwazulu Natal, South Africa. Near where the Mpenjati River over millennia has carved a course to the Indian Ocean. With hot humid summers and mild balmy winters are typical of the region, the coffee produces a major and minor crop per year.

From coffee mag article: “Mpenjati Coffee is the brain child of Desmond and Leigh Wichmann . Des comes from generations of farmers and grew up working the land, earning him the Zulu nickname ‘Magwava’ because you would often spot him out in the fields with a Guava in his hand.

“Des went into Timber Farming at the start of his career, but his love of premium coffee always had him coming back to the feeling that the dark, rich soil along the Mpenjati River would make an ideal home for a coffee farm. Starting with just a few trees he got planting with the hope that his gut instinct was right… and here we are, 43 hectares later with thousands of thriving trees and a delicious range of premium single origin and blended coffee to show for it!”

Des has invested in his trees growing F6 and Cataui, and then being careful in how they are processed, using local labour to ensure the beans are tossed and cared for.

We are offering two process types of the F6. A Yellow Honey and a Washed. Both are tasty, with the Yellow Honey having more sweetness, and the washed coffee a little brighter.

Details of Mpenjati

Region: Southern KZN, South Africa closest town is Munster.
Producer: Mpenjati coffee
Processing: Honey process coffee, with regular agitation. And a washed coffee that is sun dried. All coffee sun dried on raised African beds for approximately 2 weeks (depending on weather).
Cultivar: Arabica F6
Altitude grown: 100 meters above sea level.
Characteristics: Honey (H): 4-star complexity coffee with sweet berry fruit, and lingering peanut. – Sold out!
Washed (W): 4-star complexity with sweet almond notes and brown spice on the finish.
Roast: Honey (H): A bump and straighten. Heat into drying, reduced, and then acceleration into browning, where we ease off to rely on radiant heat through first. – Sold out!
Washed (W): A bump and kick. Heat into drying, reduced, and then acceleration into browning and through first.
Starting brews:
Brew Method Ratio (H/W) Brew Method Ratio (H/W)
Espresso 1:2.2 (24sec) / 2.4 (28sec) AeroPress 16g/17g:180g
Plunger 24g:400g Pour over/filter 18/20g:300g

Transparency Information

Sourced from Mpenjati Coffee
Farm gate price R150 / kg
Cupping score 83.25 (yellow honey) / 82.5 (washed)
Producers Desmond and Leigh Wichmann
lot size bought 1x15kg Yellow Honey; 3x15kg Washed (14/15 grade)
Relationship This is our first coffee from this producer. We hope this is the first of many.
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Additional information

Coffee category

2. Medium bodied

Characteristics

fruit, nut, spice, sweet

Coffee region

Africa

Complexity

4 ★ Single

Location

Buitenverwachting, Vineyard Hotel

Manufacturer

Mpenjati, Quaffee

Model

Washed

Packaging

1kg Packet, 250g Box, 275g bag, 500g Packet, 750g Packet

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