The Malongo business started as a small roasting house in a district of Nice in the 1930s and has always remained attached to its roots promoting high-quality coffees and conserving traditional roasting methods. Malongo is nowadays a dynamic and atypical SME on the French market. Our coffees are sold in supermarkets, hotels, restaurants, offices, coffee shops and on the internet and the company is recognized by professionals and individuals alike for the quality of its coffees and the strength of its ethical commitments.
Malongo imports its coffee beans from the best terroir around the world, grown and processed according to traditional farming methods. To guaranty the quality, we follow up all the steps of the production process, from the plantations to the cups.
Traditional roasting is the only method used at the roasting plant, this slow process (20 minutes, 220 °C maximum) is used to roast the beans to the core and reveal the full spectrum of their aromas and flavours.
Malongo has undeniably been one of the pioneers, leaders and promoters of Fair Trade in France since the early 1990s. Today, we continue to put our efforts supporting producers’ initiative and broader awareness of fair trade in France. Malongo maintains intimate ties with the Fair Trade cooperatives. Global, long-term development projects with coffee cooperatives are undertaken in various countries such as Myanmar, Laos, Mexico, Congo or Dominican Republic. About half of Malongo coffees and 100% of Malongo teas are organic certified, applying strict specifications and guaranteeing that the product was produced without any chemical fertilizers or pesticides, among other aspects.
In producing countries, Malongo supports leading cooperatives that are willing to transmit efficient and modern organic farming techniques from producers to producers. Malongo carries on, as well, agronomic research projects to improve productivity while reducing the impact of agriculture on the environment.
In France, three Malongo training centers ensure that company personnel maintains their excellent standards and can transmit the noble knowledge of coffee to both amateurs and professionals. A strong partnership with the National Education allows the training department to organize sessions for culinary schools and manage the highly reputed Young Coffee Professional Contest every year.
Finally, the Malongo Foundation ensures that the relations tied with producing countries cover more than simple trade by highlighting the historical and cultural wealth of coffee. In France and in many regions around the world, the foundation organizes wide-ranging programs for education, creation, solidarity and the protection of material and cultural heritage.