We wake to rain! The first we have seen four weeks. Moshi means smoke in Kiswahili and The mist covered mountain is as if shrouded in smoke. Looks like we’ll be unable to see it on this visit.
Today we are going on a coffee tour. This will take us over 2000m up onto Kilamanjaro to the uppermost coffee growing region.
He takes us to a small-holding where we are greeted by the owner. We are taken through the process of making coffee from the plant.
Coffee was introduced here in 1922, from Ethiopia. Coffee plants grow from dried coffee beans which need to be placed groove down in the south l to ensure quick germination.
This will germinate within a few weeks whereupon it is transplanted into a bigger plot. The plant will take two years to mature and within 5 years it will be producing about 5kg of coffee each year.
Coffee plants are grown beneath banana plants for shade and are sprayed with organic pesticides derived from a local plant, to keep of insects which prevent the growth of the bean.
A device similar to a pestle and mortar (called a locomotor) is used to de husk the beans leaving green beans.
Modes of Transport
- On foot
- Three bed cottage – Tembo Tamu
Cost (including breakfast)