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  • Tanzanian coffee growers benefit from US$46.9 million grant from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania - Small-scale coffee farmers in Tanzania are to benefit from a US$46.9 million four-year grant from the U.S.-based non-profitTechnoServe through the from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation which will be shared with farmers in Kenya and Rwanda.

    David Browning, TechnoServe vice president for business development, told APA in an exclusive interview that the initiative will be based on a collaborative approach between the farmers and TechnoServe to develop local solutions for local needs.

    The grant is envisioned as the first phase of a larger TechnoServe program, Browning said.

    For more than 16 years, TechnoServe has been working in Tanzania with farmers, co-operatives, suppliers and processors to strategically develop competitive rural industries around such key crops as cashew nuts, coffee, tea and artemisia.

    “This continues to be our focus because nearly 90 per cent of Tanzania’s residents live in rural areas, work primarily in the agricultural sector and lack access to information, technology and good markets.

    “We are helping farmers make the transition from subsistence to commercial production and processors to improve their operations,” he added.

    In this regard, TechnoServe will train 182,000 selected small-scale farmers in skills that will improve production and processing efficiency and sales, including training in quality coffee assessment in order to improve yield and quality.

    TechnoServe is also supporting the diversification of Tanzania’s economy through entrepreneurship programs that empower men and women to create thriving businesses in a variety of sectors.

    This is where TechnoServe comes in to provide technical and business expertise and to get the farmers invest their own funds to upgrade quality of their coffee beans.

    The program, which started in 2004, has achieved dramatic results, including an increase in secondary-school enrolment from 20 per cent to 75 percent in parts of southern Tanzania.

    Source: APA

  • Tanzania Coffee Crop

    Tanzania crop has been steady but cyclic oscillating between 35,000 tons on the down cycle and 55,000 tons and the up cycle. It is therefore expected that the 2012/13 crop will come in at about 55,000 tons with 60% Arabica and the balance Robusta. With 90% of production coming from smallholder farmers, productivity is a challenge.
    However, herein lies the opportunity to increase productivity from currently 0.25 kg per ha to 1 kg per ha.

    The authorities are also encouraging new plantings to raise coffee acreage by 50%.
    With sustained good Robusta prices, the trend for Tanzania is likely to be upwards.
    For Arabica, there is concerted effort to improve on quality of southern coffees through centralized primary processing.

    Source: African Fine Coffee Review Magazine

  • Kilimanjaro Coffee Farmers Get Health Insurance Cover

    OVER 10,000 households engaged in coffee production in
    Kilimanjaro Region have benefited from health insurance
    facilities introduced and coordinated by the Kilimanjaro
    Native Cooperative Society (KNCU).
    “By the end of this year, the number is expected to grow to 28,000
    family members who will be enjoying health insurance services,”
    remarked Mr Godfrey Massawe, KNCU Commercial Manager in
    an interview held in Moshi, Kilimanjaro Region last week.
    He added: “Our target is to serve 375,000 family members by the
    end of 2014.” KNCU is a co-operative union that produces and
    exports mild Arabica coffee of Bourborn and Kent variety from the
    region. It serves small producer members in four districts, namely
    Rombo, Moshi Rural, Hai and Siha.
    Mr Massawe said the department of Health Plan was established
    specifically to run the KNCU Health Plan project which is an
    insurance scheme launched in August 2010. The department
    prepares implements and evaluates the provision of health
    insurance to its members.
    Currently, the project covers 23 primary cooperative societies with
    a view to serve all members of KNCU with the insurance scheme
    by end of next year. The project operates in partnership with the
    Harm Access Foundation (PharmAccess), MicroEnsure, MEMS,
    EnviroCare, KCMC and ACORD.
    In the meantime, Mr Massawe said coffee production has in recent
    years dropped massively due to various reasons, forcing farmers to
    opt for other economic activities. Some of the problems emanate
    from the two major factors, namely climate change effect and the
    move by KNCU to stop supplying agricultural inputs to its farmers.
    The situation has forced coffee producers to procure inputs
    directly from their own pockets which is largely determined by
    the income level. “In actual sense, coffee is only profitable to those
    who apply correct management in production irrespective of price
    fluctuation,” he said.
    Source - Tanzania Daily News

  • Tanzania Coffee

    africafecoffeemapTanzania produces between 30-40,000 metric tons of coffee per year (70% Arabica, 30% Robusta). The three main Arabica growing regions are in the North/Kilimanjaro, Mbeya and the Matengo Highlands (Mbinga). Other Arabica areas include the Usambara Mountains, Iringa, Morogoro, Kigoma and Ngara. Robusta coffee is grown mainly in the Kagera region around Bukoba.

    More than 90% of Tanzania's coffee is produced by 400,000 smallholder farmers. Larger estates are found in Arusha, Kilimanjaro and Mbeya regions.

    The harvesting season in Tanzania usually lasts from July to December, though slightly earlier in the case of Mbeya. Green coffee is sold either through the Moshi auction or direct to buyers. Coffee is shipped to buyers out of the major ports of Dar es Salaam and Tanga.

    Here at Africafe Coffee we bring you Genuine Tanzania Coffee at affordable prices. Shop Today

  • Africa’s finest Africafe Coffee

    Africa’s finest Africafe Coffee explains the effects of the climate change on coffee.

    With over 1.5 billion cups of coffee being made every day, just the thought of living without it may give you the heebie-jeebies. The London’s Royal Botanic Gardens has led a study which warns, due to the climate change, Arabica, the most consumed coffee, could become extinct by 2080.

    The pillar of the coffee industry, Arabica accounts for 70% of the world’s production. A recent study published in the PLOS ONE journal, combined computer modeling and field observation to reveal how different climate situations could affect wild coffee species. The study focused on Africa, the largest coffee producer, the results were “profoundly negative”.

    Coffee usually grows in environments such as the lush tropical mountains of Africa. “The kind of cloud forest climates where Arabica is native are disappearing, and the plant and animals that live in them are going to be among the most threatened on Earth,” explained Botanist Peter Raven, “Most coffee production throughout the world will be in trouble as the climate shifts.”

    According to the United Nations Development Program, since 1960, the annual temperature in Africa has risen by 2.3 degrees Fahrenheit. This may not seem like a lot, but to the sensitive coffee plant can be devastating.

    Aaron Davis head of the coffee research program said, “So even if you do some very simple sums, it doesn’t take much to realize that there’s an intrinsic threat to these species from accelerated climate change. The logical conclusion is that coffee production will be negatively impacted as well.”

    Aaron Davis goes on to say, “Arabica’s history is punctuated by problems with diseases, pests, and productivity problems–and growers have always gone back to the wild and used genetic diversity to address them.”

    Davis remains optimistic; with conservation activities we can avert extinction. Unfortunately, Raven doesn’t see it the same way, “Regardless of what measures are taken in nature, we can confidently, and sadly, expect the genetic diversity of those population to go downhill steadily year after year.”

    The International Coffee Organization advised since coffee is one of the most traded commodity in the world, it could cause a major economic jolt, not to mention the industry has about 26 million employees.

    Africa is known to have the highest quality coffee in the world. The rich volcanic soil of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain and shores of Lake Victoria, the largest lake in the southern hemisphere, create the perfect condition to grow the finest coffee, the mildly acidic soils lend way to the rich full bodied flavor.

    Africafe Coffee is proud to offer the world’s finest African Coffees, delivered fresh to your door step.  Coffee discovered in Ethiopia more than 1,200 years ago is Africa’s precious gift to the world.

  • Enjoy the Fresh Taste and Aroma of Africa’s Finest Coffee

    The unforgettable lingering aroma and rich taste of the renowned  Africafe Coffee coffees is why so many people cherish our collection. Properly storing our beloved coffee and tea is imperative for the fresh taste and satisfaction.

    Organic coffee comes from a living plant, so they have a limited life span. You can increase the shelf life and the flavor by properly storing them.

    Storing Coffee

    Keeping coffee fresh is of utmost importance to great taste and aroma. Coffee is porous, which means it can absorb other flavors and usually stays fresh for about 2 weeks. For the best results, purchase your coffee on-line and store it in an air tight container that has a rubber or silicone seal. Store in a cool dark place, light and heat will compromise the flavor and aroma of the coffee.

    Refrigerating coffee is not the best choice. Since coffee is porous it can absorb flavors, such as fish or garlic. Moisture deteriorates coffee and will make it taste like the refrigerator.

    Freezing coffee is acceptable. If you have bought coffee in bulk and will not be using it within a couple of weeks, just try and keep it away from moisture. Freezing breaks down the oils in coffee, diminishing some of the flavors. If you plan on freezing a lot of coffee it is best to divide it up into smaller portions and wrap it in plastic and then store it in a sealable freezer bag. Never refreeze coffee; the frozen moisture is absorbed into the beans when they defrost, refreezing would add even more moisture.

    Always purchase organic coffee and tea from a qulaity on-line merchant. At Africafe Coffee we only have top of the line fresh products, straight from our farm to your home.

  • Africafe Coffee Brings you the Best Organic African Coffee

    For thousands of years people have delighted in the soothing aroma of coffee. Thanks to the internet, the variety of coffee available today seems endless, with just a click of a button we can order coffee from around the world. Due to health and environmental reasons,many people are turning to organic coffee.

    What does organic coffee mean?

    Organic means it is grown according to the criteria of the organic farming standards. The coffee cannot be treated with fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides. It can only contain the certified organic ingredients. It cannot contain synthetic chemicals or genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

    Organic coffee farms develop the ecology, which leads to topsoil retention, improved water and increased biodiversity, while protecting the environment. Organic coffee is grown in the shade, preserving the forest and wildlife preservation and is in high demand because it is in the purest form.

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  • Celebrate National Coffee Day with Africa’s Finest Africafe Coffee

    Celebrate National Coffee day September 29th with the world renowned coffee from Africa. There is nothing better than jump starting your morning with a hot cup of coffee to wake you up and keep you alert and energized all day. A few eye opening facts about coffee include:

    Coffee was discovered in Africa by a shepherd who realized his goats were energized and playful after eating the coffee berries and shortly realized he felt the same effects after he ate them.

    African tribes combined coffee berries with fat which produced edible energy balls.

    A group of monks made the first cup of coffee who brewed the berries into a drink.

    Many studies have shown African coffee to have positive health benefits, such as prevention of heart disease, weight loss and reducing the risk of certain types of cancer.

    Espresso has been misunderstood as a type of coffee bean, instead it is a method of brewing. Pressurized hot water is run through finely ground coffee and it often contains less caffeine than regular coffee.

    Research has shown Americans consume 450 million cups of coffee a day, adding up to more than 150 billion cups a year. Seattle Washington has more coffee shops per person than any other state.

    The King of England banned all coffee establishments in 1675, claiming they were dwellings where people met to scheme against him.

    Coffee comes from trees which can grow up to 30feet tall, but are raised to be 10 feet tall for easy picking. Coffee is a seed inside a bright red berry and is the second most traded commodity on earth.

    Green Coffee is unroasted beans with considerably less flavor than regular coffee, but is known to suppress the appetite.

    Celebrate National Coffee day by Shopping at Africafe Coffee and enjoy and appreciate the amazing taste of Africafe, Africa’s finest coffee.

  • Want to Lose Weight? Africafe Coffee Can Help With That

    Your morning cup of  Africafe Coffee will not only get your day started off right, it can boost your metabolism and give you the energy you need to get you through the day.

    “Some studies have shown that drinking coffee with caffeine may slightly increase weight loss or in actually prevent weight gain by suppressing the appetite or the desire to eat,” said Kathy Taylor, a registered dietitian, “It may also help with calorie burning by stimulating thermogenesis-our body’s way of generating heat from metabolizing food. Ultimately caffeine acts like a diuretic causing us to have water loss so there is a temporary decrease in body weight.”

    According to Medline Plus, caffeine provides a boost to your metabolism, increases mental alertness by stimulating the central nervous system and increases calorie burning by stimulating the thermogenesis.

    Caffeine is naturally an appetite suppressant, curbs cravings and black Africafe Coffee has less than 5 calories and no fat. Compare this to a cup of coffee from one of the popular restaurant chains, which usually has more fat and calories than a piece of cake, serving of ice cream or a dessert you avoid eating because it’s too fattening.

    For example the popular Salted Carmel Mocha from a trendy coffee house contains 420 calories, of which 25% are from fat, 290mg of sodium, 50mg of cholesterol and 26gm sugar. While a single serving of Coffee Health Bar Crunch Ice Cream contains 16g fat, 280 calories and 15g of fat and a piece of chocolate cake, including the icing, has about 235 calories and 11g of fat.

    Organic Africafe Coffee is grown without harmful pesticides and chemicals. It is naturally grown in rich volcanic soil of Africa, for this reason it is full of nutrients, vitamins, antioxidants and it can also help you lose a couple of pounds. With all these health benefits there is no reason not to enjoy a delicious cup of Africafe Coffee.

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