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Coffee Origins: Zambia

Zambia? For a long time, Zambia has been disregarded by much of the specialty coffee business. One could argue that it's a chicken-and-egg situation, because historically, low specialized buyer interest has led to low-quality investment, and low-quality investment has led to low specialty buyer interest. Missionaries who brought Bourbon seed stock from Tanzania and Kenya introduced coffee to Zambia in the 1950s. However, with the help of World Bank support, the sector did not ramp up production until the late 1970s …
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Coffee Origins: Uganda

Uganda? With Robusta growing wild around Lake Victoria, Uganda is one of the few countries in the world with indigenous coffee. Coffee is a huge element of Uganda's export economy, and the country is one of the world's major coffee growers. Uganda, on the other hand, has failed to establish a reputation for excellence because the majority of its coffee is Robusta. Coffee was not originally part of Uganda's agricultural business, despite the fact that indigenous Robusta crops had been part …
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Coffee Origins: Tanzania

Tanzania? Coffee was brought to Tanzania from Ethiopia in the 16th century, according to oral histories. This was possibly a Robusta type brought by the Haya people and known as 'Haya Coffee' or amwani. It has subsequently become heavily interwoven in Tanzanian culture. Instead of being made into a drink, the ripe cherries would be cooked, then smoked for several days, and chewed. Under German colonial authority, coffee became a lucrative crop in Tanzania (then Tanganyika). The colonizers ordered that Arabica …
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Coffee Origins: Rwanda

Rwanda? Coffee was first brought to Rwanda by German missionaries in 1904, but the country did not produce enough to sell until 1917. The League of Nations mandate stripped Germany of its colonial power over Rwanda after World War I and turned it over to the Belgians. This is why most Rwandan coffee has been exported to Belgium in the past. The first coffee trees were planted in the Mibirizi mission in Cyangugu province, where the first Rwandan coffee variety, a …
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Coffee Origins: Malawi

Malawi? Coffee is believed to have been introduced to Malawi in the late 1800s. According to one report, John Buchanan, a Scottish missionary, introduced a single tree from the Edinburgh Botanical Gardens to the nation in 1878. It began in southern Malawi's Blantyre district, and by 1900, annual coffee production had reached 1,000 tonnes (1,100 tons). Despite its promising start, coffee output soon fell due to a mix of poor soil management, pests and illnesses, and competition from Brazil's increasingly dominant …
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Coffee Origins: Kenya

Kenya? Despite the fact that Ethiopia is known as the birthplace of coffee, Kenya did not begin manufacturing until much later. Coffee was first imported to the United States in 1893 by French missionaries who carried coffee trees from Réunion. The majority of people agree that the coffee they brought was Bourbon. In 1896, it produced its first crop. Coffee was first grown on enormous estates under British colonial authority, and the harvest was then sold in London. The Coffee Act …
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Coffee Origins: Ethiopia

Ethiopia? Ethiopia is possibly the most intriguing of all the coffee-producing countries. Its allure arises not only from the extraordinary coffees it produces but also from the mystique that surrounds so much of it. Ethiopian coffees, with their explosively aromatic and fruity flavors, have opened many a coffee professional's eyes to the variety of flavors that coffee can have. Although Ethiopia is known as the origin of coffee, there are numerous caveats to this claim. Coffea arabica is thought to have …
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Coffee Origins: Democratic Republic Of The Congo

Democratic Republic Of The Congo? Coffee was introduced to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) from Liberia in 1881, but agricultural production did not begin until Belgian colonists discovered a new kind growing there in 1898. Despite its turbulent history, the DRC is today regarded as a promising specialty coffee grower. Many people are optimistic about its future possibilities, yet significant problems remain. A cultivar of Coffea canephora was discovered in the Belgian Congo in 1898, and colonists dubbed it ‘Robusta’ …
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Coffee Origins: Burundi

Burundi? Under Belgian colonial control in the 1920s, coffee was introduced to Burundi and starting in 1933, every peasant farmer was required to grow at least coffee trees. Burundi's coffee crop was privatized when the country attained independence in 1962. This changed in 1972 when the political context changed, but coffee has progressively returned to the private sector since 1991. Coffee output had been continuously expanding until the civil war in 1993 when it dropped dramatically. Since then, efforts have been …
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Cup of Excellence

The Cup of Excellence (COE) is a competition in which producers have their coffee graded and ranked according to the quality of their coffee. High-ranking shipments are then auctioned off to the highest bidder worldwide through Internet auctions. [caption id="attachment_18079" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] Cup of Excellence[/caption] This hugely influential show was created by American specialty coffee pioneer George Howell alongside Susie Spindler. The show helps to highlight the quality created by the coffee growing process. It also gives manufacturers access to international customers willing to pay …
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Wacheff – Ethiopian coffee roasting pan

An Ethiopian coffee roaster made of clay shaped like a pan and used for coffee ceremonies in the Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony. During the Ethiopian coffee ceremony, an integral part of the daily life of most Ethiopians, the roasting of the coffee beans, or buna, is done in a flat iron pan called a baret metad (roasting plate), which is placed over a small charcoal stove. The Ethiopian coffee beans are carefully moved around so they roast evenly, and soon they begin to crackle and release their rich aromas. The freshly roasted beans are …
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Viennese Coffee – Viennese cream coffee

Since October 2011, Viennese Coffee House Culture has been recognized as an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO. And the style of "Viennese cream coffee" is also part of the world's coffee cultural heritage. Traditionally in Viennese, a cup of Espresso will be added with fresh cream called Viennese Coffee. See more about  Viennese coffee at Wikipedia.     …