The Machare Farm lies 4,500 feet up on the slopes of snow-capped Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain and is owned by the local village cooperatives. It’s located near the Kilimanjaro forest conservation area in Northern Tanzania, nestled between two rivers. This creates a unique microclimate that is ideal for growing high grade coffee.
Machare has been leased and rehabilitated by people with a passion for fine gourmet coffee and the preservation of Kilimanjaro’s unique environment.
Owned by a cooperative, but leased, revived, developed and managed, this farm employs many of the cooperative members throughout the year, and many, many more during the harvest. Inspired by the passion and vision of Bente, the team care for the environment and the workers with exceptional diligence and generosity.
The farm is committed to upholding sustainability in all its practices. They are converting to organic and 100 % of the area is already free of insecticide/fungicide and herbicide chemicals. Amongst other things, the farm has reduced water usage by over 90%; uses biofuel for machinery; preserves the habitat through shade-grown coffee; minimises the use of chemicals; and has created a tree project to maintain eco-balance on the famous mountain, something you can be a part of.
The team at Machare Farm are instrumental in creating the opportunities for social action in the area, and have opened the doors for Ethical Addictions to invest in hydro-electic power, wood-burning stoves, and coffee production.