Cupping Notes: Chocolate, blackberry, melon, lime, heavy body
About This Coffee
This RFA-certified wet-hulled coffee comes from the Aviv Estate in Tanzania. The Aviv Estate represents our ongoing efforts in Tanzania to foster high quality Arabica coffee production by implementing environmental and social standards. Since its founding in 2011, Aviv has become one of the largest, fully irrigated, coffee projects in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania and has achieved full government support as one of the largest estates in this area. Through efforts to ensure water security for the 300,000 people living in the Ruvuma River Basin, Aviv has been awarded an Alliance for Water Stewardship certification since 2016, in addition to numerous community and social initiatives supporting local villages.
Country of Origin: Tanzania
Region: Songea, Ruvuma
Producer Type: Single Estate
Farm Name: Aviv Estate
Processing: Wet Hulled
Growing Altitude: 1000 - 1300 MASL
Plant Species: Arabica
Varietals: Catimor, N39
Certifications: Rainforest Alliance
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.
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