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Mary Super

Our first encounter with Mary was by chance. An acquaintance of ours living in Dar es Salaam became friends with a barista at a nearby specialty coffee café and introduced us to Mary, saying, “I know someone you may be interested in!” Mary works as a coffee consultant in Mbeya, a city in southwestern Tanzania, and is trusted by many overseas buyers. This time she connected us with GDM, the only native Tanzanian-owned estate in Mbeya. Without her, we would not have been able to offer coffee from the south. We talked with her again to learn about her work and her background. Acting as a bridge between producers and buyers Mary has worked for several large companies, including Starbucks Farmer Support Center and Sucafina, and now works in the corporate world, building deep relationships with many coffee producers in Mbeya. “In 2019, I joined Kijani Coffee, a local company established in Tanzania by the UK-based company CTCS, where I am responsible for improving the sustainability of the coffee industry. One of my tasks is to audit the producers to ensure that they are promoting proper farming practices. I am also in charge of quality control of the coffee sent to CTCS locations in Dar es Salaam, South Africa, and the UK, as well as communication with the farmers.” While working for the company, Mary has become well known in the industry as a bridge between producers and buyers. “Buyers from overseas hear about me from roasters in Tanzania and come to me for coffee samples. When I move on to other companies, I meet new partners. Therefore, I believe it is not my ability...

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