Tanzania Burka / Selian Estate 2018

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Tanzania Burka / Selian Estate 2018

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Stone fruits / bright citrus / red berries

FARMS: Burka/Selian Estate, Arusha & Arumeru

FARM SIZE: 343 ha over 2 estates

REGION: Arumeru/Arusha on the leeward side of Mt. Meru

PROCESSING: Natural

VARIETALS: Kent, N39, Blue Mountain & Catmar

ALITITUDE: 1350 metres above sea level

REGION

The Burka Coffee Estate is located on the outskirts of Arusha national park, on the leeward side of Mt.

STAFFING

Meru, just 80km west of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak.

Burka Coffee Estate was founded in 1899 by German settlers just outside the town of Arusha in Northern Tanzania. The neighbouring Selian Estate was established in 1910 and acquired by Burka in 1991. The first coffee trees were planted in 1918 and now number some 1.3 million mostly shade-grown varietals.

There are around 200 permanent staff at Burka. All permanent staff are provided with housing on the Estates with salary set at least 20% above minimum government requirements.

Staff have social security and Labour Union membership included in their contracts, and an Estate credit union also offer loans and advice for education, health and house construction.

Each estate has its own nursery which educates over 100 children, and two primary schools also cater for over 600 children, from the Estate workers and the neighbouring communities. An onsite health centre with Estate nurse and dispensary is available for all staff, and the Estate has its own ambulance, along with shops, sport facilities and churches and a mosque. Regular inter-Estate and inter-camp football & netball matches occur, along with staff BBQ’s and other holiday celebrations.

Workers are supplied with free firewood from stumped coffee trees, fruit & nut trees are grown around the staff villages.

THE ART OF PRODUCTION

Harvest is carried out between the months of May to October through selective handpicking of red ripe cherries, followed by further hand-sorting to remove any over or under-ripe cherries. Cherries are then dried slowly on raised African beds for 12 - 14 days. The cherries are carefully maintained through consistent turning to ensure even drying and avoid over-fermentation. They are covered at night to protect them from excess rain and moisture. Once the cherries have dried to the optimum moisture content they are sent to Moshi for hulling, grading by bean size and careful handpicking before being bagged in GrainPro for export from the port & capital city of Dar Es Salaam.

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Stone fruits / bright citrus / red berries

Stone fruits / bright citrus / red berries

FARMS: Burka/Selian Estate, Arusha & Arumeru

FARM SIZE: 343 ha over 2 estates

REGION: Arumeru/Arusha on the leeward side of Mt. Meru

PROCESSING: Natural

VARIETALS: Kent, N39, Blue Mountain & Catmar

ALITITUDE: 1350 metres above sea level

REGION

The Burka Coffee Estate is located on the outskirts of Arusha national park, on the leeward side of Mt.

STAFFING

Meru, just 80km west of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak.

Burka Coffee Estate was founded in 1899 by German settlers just outside the town of Arusha in Northern Tanzania. The neighbouring Selian Estate was established in 1910 and acquired by Burka in 1991. The first coffee trees were planted in 1918 and now number some 1.3 million mostly shade-grown varietals.

There are around 200 permanent staff at Burka. All permanent staff are provided with housing on the Estates with salary set at least 20% above minimum government requirements.

Staff have social security and Labour Union membership included in their contracts, and an Estate credit union also offer loans and advice for education, health and house construction.

Each estate has its own nursery which educates over 100 children, and two primary schools also cater for over 600 children, from the Estate workers and the neighbouring communities. An onsite health centre with Estate nurse and dispensary is available for all staff, and the Estate has its own ambulance, along with shops, sport facilities and churches and a mosque. Regular inter-Estate and inter-camp football & netball matches occur, along with staff BBQ’s and other holiday celebrations.

Workers are supplied with free firewood from stumped coffee trees, fruit & nut trees are grown around the staff villages.

THE ART OF PRODUCTION

Harvest is carried out between the months of May to October through selective handpicking of red ripe cherries, followed by further hand-sorting to remove any over or under-ripe cherries. Cherries are then dried slowly on raised African beds for 12 - 14 days. The cherries are carefully maintained through consistent turning to ensure even drying and avoid over-fermentation. They are covered at night to protect them from excess rain and moisture. Once the cherries have dried to the optimum moisture content they are sent to Moshi for hulling, grading by bean size and careful handpicking before being bagged in GrainPro for export from the port & capital city of Dar Es Salaam.