Tanzanian Arabica coffee production is mostly found around the Kilimanjaro in the north and in the southern highlands of Mbeya and Ruvuma. Trees are grown in 1,000 to 2,500 meters above sea level on the mountainous slopes under the shade of banana trees.
Arabica coffee makes up to 70% of the total country's production. Robusta is mainly grown west of Lake Victoria in 800 to 900 meters above sea level in the Kagera region. The major share of coffee is produced by smallholder farmers where coffee itself can at least be tracked back to washing station. Only about 10% of total production comes from larger estates such as the Machare Estate in the Kilimanjaro region.
Tanzanian coffees tend to be pleasant in aroma, rich in acidity and body. Their sweet taste is enriched through balanced flavors thanks to mineral nutrients from volcanic soils.
Tanzania stuns with a broad mix of wildlife, cultural abundance and natural superlatives. Ever since the early 1900s, Tanzania had a special eye on preserving its natural beauty. Today, about 38% of the country's territory are official national parks or conservation areas. Add to that a spectacular coastline and the snow-peaked Kilimanjaro in the north. Experience the colorful blend of languages and cultures and you will also fall in love with Tanzania as we have. Amidst this diversity, some of the finest African coffees with complex cups are found.