TANZANIA – Iganda Cooperative – Dark Roast

Country: Tanzania

Region: Southwest Highlands

Farm: Various Smallholders in the Region

Altitude: 1,900 masl

Roast:  Dark

Process | Varietal: Natural | Bourbon, Kent

Tasting Ideas:  Cashews, Bittersweet Chocolate, and Oranges

We roast ‘in-Haus’ so that you can have a ‘Farm to Cup’ experience

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History of Coffee in Tanzania

Like other coffee growing regions in East Africa, it seems likely that coffee may have been known as a garden crop grown for barter and consumption (chewing rather than brewing) as early as the 16th century. German occupiers introduced commercial cultivation of at the end of the 19th century and coffee became an exported cash crop. Following WWI, the British took control of the region and the estate model was firmly established for coffee. During the transition years from British “protection” to independence, coffee farming cooperative began to emerge and would eventually dominate coffee production after formal independence in 1961. Today, 95% of coffee farmers are smallholders, growing coffee on less than 5 acres of land.

Growing Coffee in Tanzania

Exports from nearly every coffee growing country in Africa are lower now than they were twenty years ago. The most notable exception is Ethiopia, where coffee exports have reached 3 million bags, nearly double the number in 1997. Less dramatic, but nevertheless unique for Africa, is the strong and steady growth in Tanzania. Taking the average number of bags exported annually 2007-2017—to account for crop fluctuations—Tanzania experienced an increase of 11 percent over the previous 10 years. That might not seem like much until you consider that only two other African countries have experienced growth by the same measure, Ethiopia (37%) and Uganda (1%). Tanzania broke the million bags exported ceiling for the first time in 2009 and did it again in 2013. This increase in exports has coincided with a near 600 percent increase in domestic coffee consumption over twenty years. The only coffee growing country to experience a more dramatic increase is Vietnam, where domestic coffee consumption has grown by 700 percent over the same period.

About This Coffee

Tasting Notes: With subtle tasting notes of cashews, bittersweet chocolate, and oranges, this dark roast is full bodied. There are about 61 members of the Iganda group within the AMCOS Coffee Cooperative. This cooperative grows and produces this AB washed coffee within the highlands of Southwest Tanzania. AMCOS produces coffee in the region north of Lake Malawi, and south of Lake Rukwa.