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.
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.
Details of Mpenjati
|Region:||Southern KZN, South Africa closest town is Munster.|
|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).|
|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.|
|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.|