Tanzania Gombe Reserve, Jane Goodall Project
Gombe special reserve is a specialty selection of coffees from the Kigoma region. Kigoma coffee growing started in the 1970’s. The coffees are harvested from the slopes and valleys around the shores of Lake Tanganyika. The fertile volcanic soil with tropical rainforest cover provides ideal nutrition for the coffee trees. The coffee is named after the Gombe national park, home of wild chimpanzees, baboons and monkey habitants since 1968 where it was only 35 sq. Km, as the smallest national park in Tanzania. It is offering hiking experience into wilderness, beautiful valleys and waterfalls.
The local community lives revolve around the reserve area, their social and economic activities narrows the wild habitats. In collaboration with the Jane Goodall institute, these Gombe special reserve coffees are dedicated to enable the producer communities to practice sustainable agriculture in harmony with wildlife. The farmers are supported in coffee quality control and receive regular trainings on environmental conservation and tree planting.
The main challenge the Kigoma farmers are facing is over-rainfall. The dry season in the area lasts for only 2-3 months.
Cup profile: pleasant citric acidity, sweet, brilliant floral black tea notes.
Type of supplier: Small holder farmer
No. of producers: 1,500
Production: 6 containers
Altitude range: 1450 – 1680 meters
Temperature: 18℃ – 28℃
Varietals: , Kent mix.
Harvest months: April – July