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WAMAMA KAHAWA COFFEE ROASTERS

Wamama Kahawa Coffee Roasters is a social business that was started in Tanzania with the goal of offering freshly-roasted, old-fashioned Tanzanian coffee, while creating dignifying and enabling opportunities to unemployed Tanzanian women through fair wage and skills training in the simple but sophisticated art of hand-roasting coffee.

A Day at the Utengule Coffee Roastery

July 8, 2015

Today we bumped up the muddy, winding roads in Dar on our way to the Utengule Coffee. Utengule Coffee is an established coffee estate and roaster in Tanzania, and there were lots for Wamama Kahawa to learn from them about the industry. The ride was much longer than expected although it was not a great distance from Wamama Kahawa; we were turned around multiple times as we came upon roads that were impassable due to the damage done by the rainy season.  When we finally reached, it was a relief to stretch, get some fresh air, and smell the freshly roasted coffee!

Thomas, our host, showed us the different grades of beans (sorted by size and quality) before they are roasted.  After he showed us the beans, he gave us a little tour of their premises.  We saw where they store their coffee beans, and then we watched the roasting process.  The unroasted beans empty into the roasting machine. Then they are mixed and rotated around as the flames heat the beans to perfection.  Thomas continuously checks the beans with a little sample tool that pulls a few beans out as they are being roasted.  Once the beans have reached their desired color, he pullis a lever and the roasting machine opens, pouring the extremely hot beans into another machine that spins the beans to cool them down.  If the beans were not spun after being roasted, they would continue to cook in their own heat.  They must be moved around and cooled in order to maintain the right level of roast. Read more…

On the fertile foothills of Kilimanjaro…

February 19, 2015
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Clockwise from top left: A coffee tree grown in shade; unripe coffee berries; ripe coffee berries; the defunct fermentation unit; the hulling process; green coffee which is then sent to Wamama Kahawa for roasting

Clockwise from top left: A coffee tree grown in shade; unripe coffee berries; ripe coffee berries; the defunct fermentation unit; the hulling process; green coffee which is then sent to Wamama Kahawa for roasting

On 26th January 2015, our intern, Kristina, took a long bus journey from Dar es Salaam to Mku Rombo to visit Wamama Kahawa’s coffee suppliers. Here are some of her thoughts…

To many foreigners Tanzania is most well-known for being the home to Africa’s highest mountain – Mount Kilimanjaro. For Wamama Kahawa the Kilimanjaro region has another meaning, it is the place where we get our delicious coffee from.

During my internship with Wamama Kahawa in Dar-es-Salaam I had the chance to do a Study Tour to see where our coffee grows, and to visit and interview the coffee farmers about their lives and what challenges they face in growing coffee.

On Monday 26th January 2015 I started my 11-hour journey by bus to Moshi, one of Tanzania’s biggest cities in the North. Being a “mzungu” (a foreigner) can sometimes be pretty tiring in Tanzania, especially after travelling for 11 hours, where so many vendors tried to sell me “very nice safari”, “beautiful hotel” and so on. 🙂 After another hour’s ride in a Noah car (squeezed in with eleven other passengers), I finally made it to the Rombo village, where our contact mzee Tairo welcomed me warmly. Read more…

Wake up and smell the (benefits of freshly brewed) coffee!

March 17, 2014

Earlier, we had shared how easy and cheap it is to brew your own coffee at home. Now, let us tell you why!

Health

Any healthy stuff in coffee can only be found in freshly brewed coffee. Processed/instant coffee contains none of the antioxidants which have shown to be beneficial in reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, dementia, diabetes and stroke. Also, the oft’ complained about calories really come from the added trimmings, so if you brew your own coffee, it is less likely that you will consume as much milk and sugar etc with it, as opposed to if you ordered a fancy coffee outside.

Convenience

The methods we’d talked about are so quick and easy. Washing up may be a bit of a pain, but in the case of the French press and the Italian cafetiere, it is hardly more complicated than washing a cup! And it is a small price to pay to enjoy freshly brewed coffee at home or in the office.

Cost-savings

A 500g (1.1lb) bag of ground coffee or coffee beans can make around 40-45 cups of coffee. That’s $0.25 – $0.50 per cup (assuming your coffee costs between $10-$20. If less, even better!). There is the initial investment of purchasing the relevant appliances, but as you can see above, the cost is really minimal.

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We should add that a great alternative to brewing your own coffee at home is available if you are in Dar  es Salaam, Tanzania: At Wamama Kahawa, enjoy a filter coffee for only Tsh 2,500 ($1.50) or a french press coffee at only Tsh 3,000 ($1.80) while you relax with the morning paper to the sounds of light jazz. Add on breakfast options such as french toast, scrambled eggs and bacon on toast or granola with yoghurt and fruit, and you’ve got yourself a perfect start to any day. Karibuni!

Chewing beans at the International School of Tanganyika

September 11, 2013
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Some weeks ago, the International School of Tanganyika (IST) elementary school invited us to give a presentation about coffee for a class of 25 students in Grade 4. Because we really like to be involved with coffee, talk about it and share with others about the interesting world of coffee, we said yes. Read more…

Time for a lesson in coffee – brought to you by WK’s newest intern!

July 25, 2013
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Because Wamama Kahawa is all about coffee, we would like to give some more information about it J There is a lot to tell about coffee and all the steps in the process. For now, we keep it simple by answering the question: what is coffee?? Read more…

How to make your own coffee at home

May 27, 2013
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If you have been wondering what on earth do you do with the beans in order to get coffee, here’s a step by step guide to making your own coffee at home.

Once you have tasted pure Tanzania Arabica coffee (especially WK’s hand-roasted dark), how can you ever go back to instant coffee? The sacred early-morning coffee moment has become tainted by our packed schedules, rushing around, and desire for anything quick, fast and on-the-go.

Making freshly brewed coffee at home is so easy, and the benefits far outweigh the minor inconveniences. Stop and smell the coffee. Let Wamama Kahawa show you how!

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10 tips to surviving 2 months in Dar es Salaam

April 16, 2013

As our internship draws to a close, we would like to say a big thank you to Rebecca and Doug for giving us such a fantastic opportunity to work in WK. We will miss the interaction and friendships with all the staff, the great coffee and cafe culture, as well as the lovely customers! Wish us luck on our trek up to the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro! We shall leave you guys with a list of tips to surviving 2 months in Dar es Salaam. Asante Sana for all the hospitality and kindness from the people of Dar! Tips are wholly based on our personal experiences. If you have other helpful tips, please feel free to share them with us. Read more…