Tanzania Lunji Estate

Farm Coffee

There are ruins of one of the earliest German settler’s farmhouse on the property (from the late 19. or early 20.century). The area originally belonged to the Chiefs of the WaSafwa and then probably to the Moravian Church. The main part of the coffee was planted in the 50-ies and early 60-ies of last century by the Egan Family, he was British and his wife Ursula was German. The farm was in the late 60-ies sold to a certain Shamshu Somani. In the 70-ies through the 80-ies and early 90-ies Somani was an absentee landlord and the Goan manager on the plantation died in 1991 and was buried on the farm. In the following years the farm fell almost apart and a few dubious figures tried to lay hands on it. It was also the time of the first CBD cases in Mbeya, this disease is still the major foe on the plantation. The farm overgrew with weeds and no pruning and maintenance work was done. The current owners convinced Mr. S.Somani at that time living in Dublin to sell the farm and took over in 1995. It took a few years and struggles to build up the plantation again.

Country: Tanzania
Region: Mbeya Peak, Southern Highlands
Farm: Lunji Estate
Farm Size: 400 ha (85 ha with coffee)
Altitude: 1.500 - 1.700 masl
Owner: Clemens Maier, Thomas Plattner
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A coffee with meloni acidity, a smooth body and flavors of litschi and stone fruits.

Lychee Stone Fruits
Variety: Typica
Processing: sun-dried, washed
Body: Smooth
Acidity: Meloni
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