The growing of Arabica Coffee is in its infancy on the island of Madagascar. Just two percent of the crop is Arabica with the remaining coffee represented by the lower grade Robusta variety. Furthermore, the Arabica cultivated is of the Red Bourbon type, which was originally imported from neighbouring Reunion Island when colonized by the French.
This high-quality Red Bourbon Arabica coffee is produced by Zebu Coffee, a project started by Latvian Danny Skutelis along with local Madagascan entrepreneurs Haji Rasambainarivo and Njaka Ramandimbiarison in the highlands of central Madagascar at an altitude of over 1200 meters above sea level in rich volcanic soils.
This naturally processed, fully sun-dried coffee has the complex acidity and tremendous balance which is to be expected from the famous Bourbon coffee bean, but with an unexpected earthy caramel body.