Sable Farms FW PB RFA

The Sable Farms group represents 2 coffee estates in South and East Malawi. The eastern estate is called Chipale, the one in the south Ngapani. Combined, these two estates cover 574 hectares under coffee, making Sable Farms Malawi’s largest coffee producer. This peaberry lot combines production from both estate, as the exported coffee is separated in AA, AB and PB grades.

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Coffee Grade:
Sable Farms
Batian, Catuai, Ruiru 11, SL28
Fully washed
1,200 meters above sea level
Sable Farms group
Mangochi district
Area Under Coffee:
574 hectares
Bag Size:
60kg GrainPro
Harvest Months:
April - October

About This Coffee

The Ngapani and Chipale estates in the Sable Farms group really set an example for coffee production both nationally and internationally. In a region with poor infrastructure, no connection to the power grid and uncertain access to water, the Ngapani estate is a fully drip-irrigated coffee producing operation. The estate built a school for the local community and through the sale of coffee they have been able to invest in a clean drinking water supply for the community and farm. Ngapani Estate alone is the largest employer in the agricultural sector of Malawi’s Mangochi district. In total, the Sable farms employ 1800 workers and keep a permanent staff of 70 people.


Sable Farms is Rainforest Alliance certified, which means that all cultivation methods highly prioritise environmental conservation.

Harvest & Post-Harvest

All coffee is processed on the estate. It undergoes a classic Fully washed process with a 12-hour fermentation. Afterwards, the coffee is dried on raised beds. The Sable farms also own a dry mill infrastructure to prepare the coffee for export.

Coffee in Malawi

Coffee was first introduced to British-held Malawi by missionaries during the 1880s. During this time, commercial growing areas were mainly concentrated in Thyolo and Mulanje, in the South. Unlike in other East African colonies, coffee never quite took off in Malawi. Various factors, including the success of tobacco farming in the country, prevented the crop from becoming the mainstay that it was in its neighbours to the North, Tanzania and Kenya. It wasn’t until much later, post-independence, that the potential was seen.

Even today, coffee production in Malawi remains low. But what it lacks in quantity, it makes up for in quality. The landlocked country produces some lovely lots. Malawi neighbours Mozambique to its east and south, Zambia to its west and Tanzania to its north. The Mulanje Massif runs through the south of the country, which provides the river network with most of its water. Another important water source is Lake Malawi. In all, the country has all it needs to produce some exceptional coffee.

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