ITENDE JKT TANZANIA
Tanzanian National Youth Service / Itende JKT
N39, Bourbon, Kent
Itende JKT coffees are produced through the Tanzanian Army’s National Youth Program. The National Service – or Jeshi la Kujenga Taifa (JKT) in Swahili – offers alternatives to young people who have neither the opportunities nor the resources to access higher education.
The south of the country has not traditionally been a hot-spot for Tanzanian coffee. Perhaps in light of this, although the camp has grown coffee since 1968 (from the very beginning of the JKT programmes), current yields are quite low – about 50 tonnes in total for the 200 acres – due to aging tree-stock and partial abandonment of much of the coffee-growing land.
This coffee was wet-milled at Itende JKT’s mill on the same day that it is harvested. First, the coffee cherry was sorted in cement tanks filled with water. Floaters (including lighter-weight cherries that may have damage and under-ripe cherries) are removed. The cherries were then pulped using a four disc pulper and subsequently washed through grading channels. The parchment was then dry-fermented for between 48-72 hours (where it is turned once or twice during that period) and then washed and spread to dry on raised beds. In 2014, from the 27th to the 30th of October, the wet-mill processed some 22 tonnes of parchment coffee.
All Itende JKT’s coffee is sold through the auctions. The income that is generated through the activities of the camp (such as sales of coffee) is then fed back into the programme so that it can continue to function.
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