coffe growing regions
  Mount Kilimanjaro

Mild Arabica coffees are said to have been introduced into the country from the Reunion by the Jesuits in the 1890's. The first variety grown was "Bourbon" while the more disease resistant "Kent" was first planted in the 1920's 

This coffee, with its fine acidity and full flavour, is sought after both as a "pure" coffee of the highest quality - often sold under the names of "Kilimanjaro" or "Kibo" - and as a component of the best blends in Japan, Europe, and America  


Tanzania is endowed with rich historical natural habit. These include: the famous Mount Kilimanjaro, the Serengeti plains, the Rift Valley, and the Great lakes of Victoria, Tanganyika and Nyasa. The country has reliable rainfall which makes most parts of the country green and therefore suitable for agriculture. Big rivers, such as Rufiji, Pangani, Ruvuma flow throughout the year and their basins are a source of ample arable land for reliable cultivation. The rich Volcanic soil of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain, and of Mount Meru in North of the country and the fertile Southern Highland regions provide ideal growing conditions for wet-processed "mild" arabica which Tanzania produces annually

green berries

ripe berries



Around the shores of Lake Victoria, the largest lake in the Southern Hemisphere, robusta and dry processed "hard" arabica coffees flourish

The coffee is then carefully prepared for export according to the buyer's requirements and shipped from Tanga or Dar-es-Salaam ports to countries all over the world

Over 90% of Tanzanian coffee is grown on farms of smallholders, who form the backbone of the industry. The remainder comes from co-operative and privately owned estates

kilimanjaro stream seedling nursery
coffee picker coffee berries
drying beans coffee taster
coffee testers cofee taster
coffee auction coffee beans



 The coffee is milled before being offered for sale to authorized exporters in the regular auctions held in Moshi, home of both the Tanzanian Coffee Board and the Tanzanian Coffee Traders Association

Maintaining and improving quality is vital for the international success of Tanzania coffee. Research is carried out at Lyamungu on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro. Together with the major co-operative unions and the private growers association, Lyamungu gives technical advice to farmers as well as providing seedlings for regular replanting of coffee trees 

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