MONTHLY SPECIAL - TANZANIA PEABERRY MBILI TWIGA
Toffee apple ~ marzipan ~ Bakewell
Every month, our resident Q Grader and third-generation Wogan, James, searches the world to find a coffee that is ‘weird and wonderful’, and truly excites. A micro-lot, a great back-story, an impressive cooperative, or a particularly unusual taste; once it's gone, it's gone.
We keep the prices of these extraordinary coffees down, so that you have the chance to try something that you might not be able to get your hands on otherwise.
In 1919, coffee farmers of Kilimanjaro came together to form an Association to protect their interests after settling westerners expressed concern over diseases and pests being caused by the expanding cultivation of coffee.
The Cooperative model continues with Agricultural Marketing Cooperative Societies (AMCOS), including Rural Cooperative Societies (RCS), working with producers, and Cooperative Unions being licensed to handle the exporting as well as larger Estates. Around 90% of coffee is produced by smallholder farmers with less than 1 hectare, with around 110 Estates growing the other 10%.
This coffee is a blend, and was named Mbili Twiga to reflect this coming together. Mbili Twiga translates as two giraffes.
Bourbon was introduced by the French Missionaries and is common in the Kilimanjaro area, alongside Kent which was introduced from India.
Cherries here are picked ripe and brought to the processing station where they are washed and fermented for 36-42 hours. Washed again and soaked, the coffee is finally dried on raised beds. Then, the coffee is ‘home processed’; picked, pulped, fermented and washed on the farm, before drying under the sun
on patios or raised beds.
We work closely with farms worldwide to make sure that coffee farmers are paid a fair price, through Fairtrade and our own Direct Trade certifications. Working hard with coffee farmers to improve their lives and the lives of their families.
We maintain long term relationships with our carefully selected coffee farms, to provide the stability they need to plan for the future. The added bonus? Coffee that improves with every single crop, as their farming practices and equipment improves.
Helping you to do your bit. Our bags are LDPE4 recyclable, meaning they can be recycled in supermarkets. Alternatively, you can check with your Local Authority to see if they will collect it for you. Green lights include mentions of; bread bags, frozen food bags, squeezable bottles, bubble wrap, and carrier bags.
We've pledged to be carbon neutral by 2030, and we're already well on the way. Our warehouses are now powered by solar panels, with the extra juice fuelling our fleet of electric vehicles.
Sustainable and ethical
We've made it this generation's mission to put sustainability at the forefront. We’ve pledged to be Carbon Neutral by 2030 and are well on our way to getting there. LDPE4 recyclable bags, a Roastery powered entirely by solar energy, and a hell of a lot more.
We, at Wogan Coffee, have been lovingly hand-roasting speciality, ethical, sustainable and traceable coffees since 1970. In our third generation, and a wholly independent family company, you can find us rooted in Bristol; the same city as when Mr Wogan established the business over fifty years ago. Laura and James, grandchildren of the bowler hatted gentleman, now have the ropes firmly in their grasp; James as our resident Q Grader in the Bristol Roastery Headquarters, and Laura in London.