Malawi Mzuzu AAA
I was looking through my pictures from the week, and there, right after the few I took at our staff party, was the header photo of rain on our pool. A week ago we were all overheating in 100+ degree weather, and then on Tuesday it started to cool down and we had a surprise rain storm. We all went outside to play in it. In case you’re not local, we’re not crazy–it just doesn’t rain here much in the summer. The rest of the week has been much cooler, and it was fun to remember that fall is coming. If the number of oak leaves piling on the ground are an indication, it will be here soon!
On Monday night we had a staff barbecue at our house, and I have to brag a bit on our employees. You all might know how helpful they are behind the counter, and you might know what good attitudes they have, but did you know that they’re flat out fun people? They truly enjoy hanging out together. On top of that they’re goofy and talented. At the end of the night those of us who were still present enjoyed a musical interlude. Talented people for sure.
This week we have an African coffee that we last featured back in May. It’s from Malawi, in eastern Africa, a landlocked country surrounded by Tanzania, Mozambique, and Zambia. This is our Malawi Mzuzu AAA, grown by the Mzuzu Coffee Planters Cooperative Union. This is a group of cooperatives, each with their own washing station, that was established in 2006.
These smallholder farms are interspersed with tobacco, cotton, peanuts, and tea. The cooperative emphasizes gender equity and supports community improvement projects, including the construction of a hospital with the help of coffee premiums. They work together to improve their community.
In the cup this is a fruity brew, with pear, honey, and dried fig tones. It’s tart and delicious. You can try a cup on us with the code fall approaches*. Our county has all kinds of events going on in September. No matter what you do, drink good coffee. Cheers!
*Code good for one free 12 ounce cup of Malawi Mzuzu AAA. Code expires on 9.14.17. Limit one free cup per customer please. Valid only at Carolines Coffee Roasters, 128 S. Auburn Street, Grass Valley, CA. Code/Offer has no cash value.