Coffee addicts and aficionados from Malawi and beyond, it’s time to wake up and smell the freshly brewed cup of java as coffee season at Satemwa is in full swing!
Already well-known for their tasty tea, the team at Satemwa also proudly produces their own coffee. In fact, it is considered to be a particularly delicious cup – well-balanced with a naturally low caffeine content.
Coffee has been grown at Satemwa since 1971, with growing philosophy and techniques changing over the decades. All the coffee is grown at an altitude of between 900 to 1000 meters above sea level. The current coffee season has seen plants covering approximately 45 hectares, with distinct varieties, both new and old, like the Geisha.
A range of coffee styles are produced such as a mild washed Arabica, pulped natural and natural coffee. All coffees are handpicked to ensure the cherries are ripe and produce those tongue-tantalising sweet and aromatic flavours.
Since 2008, Satemwa has planted numerous trees in the coffee fields on their estate. The trees need to be particular varieties in order to complement not compete with the coffee bushes. The right sort of shade entices birds, butterflies and other fauna, which all impact positively and create natural harmony in the soil and with other tree species. This is an important part of the future sustainability of coffee at Satemwa.
Each cup of coffee at Satemwa has a fascinating story behind it. You can hear about it while visiting the nursery, where you can learn about the different varieties and taste them straight from the bush. Then, take a trip to the coffee factory and see how the beans are washed, channel graded and sun dried. When it’s time for roasting the coffee beans, be prepared for a wonderful aroma to hit your nose!
If this has got you dreaming of a coffee-filled getaway in the hills of Thyolo, get in touch with the team at Satemwa.