Speciality grade, single origin coffee from the highlands of Tanzania.
We are proud to present the very first (and only) specialty coffee shop in Mbeya and now also in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania! We take pride in our coffees and service and we aim to serve you quality single origin coffee, right at the source. Our objective is to put the coffees of Tanzania on the map as the producer of specialty grade coffees.
Our beans are locally sourced microlots and they are roasted right here in Mbeya. The beans are roasted according to a roast profile developed specifically for The Ridge. We went through over 30 different roasts and qualities to find the best one suitable for our cafes.
We trade directly with the farmers in partnership with Tembo Direct. This means that farmers sell direct and cut out the middleman. The price we pay is the price they get so all premiums for green coffee is received by them. We like this process because it's transparent and farmers know exactly what they're getting for their beans. We'll also be bringing you farmer stories and more as we source from individual small holder farmers.
Our baristas are also highly trained and what sets them apart is they get to see the entire process, from crop to cup. We invest in our baristas by training them with world class techniques. They have been under apprenticeship and trained by a barista champion from South Africa. We hope to enter our baristas into the East Africa Barista Championships in the coming year so keep a look out!
Lastly, you might wonder what our name is all about or if it even means anything. The inspiration for our name came from the Mbeya mountain range. You'll notice that when you get off the flight from Dar or enter Mbeya by road, the first thing you'll see is the sharp outline of the Mbeya ridge line against a crisp blue sky. We think it's representative of our coffees here - it stands out, it's unique and it's a symbol of strength and beauty. We love our range and that goes for both the mountain and the coffees of this region.
Mbeya: 5 Lupa Way, Mbeya, Tanzania
KL Business Centre (next to Barclays Bank)
Dar: Kahama Road, Oyster Bay, Dar es Salaam
M-Fr 7.30am - 8.00pm
Sa 9.00am - 9.00pm
Su 9.00am - 2.00pm