Pharmacie - Zambia

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Origin

The Kateshi Coffee Estate in Northern Zambia

Variety

CAT-129, F6, Castillo & Trial

Processing

Anaerobic Fermentation

Altitude

1300 masl

Roast Profile

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Pharmacie

Notes of Sweet Cherry Liqueur and Raspberry Jam

Coffee Facts

Kateshi has been recognised for boldly challenging the gender stereotypes in Zambia, being the first and only coffee estate to employ women for traditionally male-dominated roles such as driving tractors and even larger equipment like road graders and bulldozers.

A strong focus on gender equality makes this coffee directly contribute to the empowerment of women – and this not restricted to the farm; the new found sense of independence and pride also spills over into the neighbouring communities.

The Kateshi Estate was set up in 1972 and is one of the oldest coffee farms in Zambia. The Zambian government at the time was pushing for a 'coffee after copper' initiative and this farm was one of the first to benefit from this vision.

Situated close to the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, the farm has a particular focus on improving gender equality: the employment of local women working in traditionally male-dominated jobs is an effort to improve prospects for women in the area. The estate owners are heavily involved in local conservation, providing water and education for the local village and even sponsoring the local football team, 'Kateshi Coffee Bullets'!