This Co2 processed decaffinated coffee, offer up a well-balanced cup full of blackcurrant!
Farm: Tanzanian National Youth Service / Itende JKT
Varietals: N39, Bourbon & Kent
Processing: Fully washed & sun dried on raised beds
Altitude: 1,652 meters above sea level
Owner: Itende JKT
Decaffinated using liquid Co2, a process free of chemicals such as solvents
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An education in coffee and so much more
Itende JKT coffees are produced through the Tanzanian Army’s National Youth Program. The National Service – or Jeshi la Kujenga Taifa (JKT) in Swahili – offers alternatives to young people who don’t have access to higher education. The programme is voluntary, and young people who enroll are taught life-skills that enhance their ability to gain employment and income in areas such as agriculture, masonry, carpentry and entrepreneurship. The Itende camp is special in its focus on agriculture – and coffee in particular.
Young people from all over the country attend the programme – usually for 3 to 6 months – and those who show initiative can apply for employment immediately after finishing their training. Most of those attending the Itende camp are from impoverished urban areas. Without the programme and the skills and self-confidence it conveys, they would not be able to find gainful, lasting employment.
Itende JKT’s coffee is sold through the auctions. The income that is generated is then fed back into the programme so that it can continue to function.
The south of the country has not traditionally been a hot-spot for Tanzanian coffee. Perhaps in light of this, although the camp has grown coffee since 1968 (from the very beginning of the JKT programmes), current yields are quite low due to aging tree-stock and partial abandonment of much of the coffee-growing land. However, the programme itself receives training on all aspects of cultivation and processing in order to build the foundations for higher quality coffee and increased yields in this often overlooked coffee-growing area of Tanzania. With this support, Itende JKT plan to improve their productivity significantly over the next 3-5 years.
This coffee is wet-milled at Itende JKT’s mill on the same day that it is harvested. First, the good coffee cherries are selected using tanks filled with water. The cherries are then pulped. The parchment is then dry-fermented for between 48-72 hours and then washed and spread to dry on raised beds.