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Tanzanian Kahawa – Organic Fair Trade Coffee

Kahawa” means coffee in swahili. The coffee is grown and roasted on the slopes of Mt. Meru, the second highest mountain in Tanzania. The mountain is a sleeping volcano and the soil is very fertile and good for cultivating coffee.

Kahawa is a brand under wild tracks, a safari tour company based in Tanzania, owned by the couple Beate Hustad Aamodt and Frank Mbise. Frank was born and grew up in Mt. Meru and Beate is from Trondheim in Norway. Safari and Coffee Company. Their coffee adventure began in 2004 when the Wild Tracks started selling coffee through their friends in Norway. The word spread of the round tasty coffee and soon there was a business.

Kahawa sells Fair Trade and organic coffee grown on the altitude of 1.600 meter on Mt.Meru, Tanzania. Beate and Frank works with coffee farmers family known as Aranga Coffee Group (ACG). A total of 28 families grow and process 100% arabica coffee beans.

Wild Tracks started selling coffee abroad to support the local farmers. Aranga Coffee Group consists of 28 families from Nkoaranga Village on Mt.Meru. The families have a long tradition with coffee farming. Some are the 3rd generation of coffee farmers and still have trees dated back to the period around 1910 when missionaries introduced the first coffee trees to the area. Every family has their own small land where they handpick coffee, pulp it and dry it, before sending the coffee to Wild Tracks to brand as Kahawa.

The farmers in Aranga Coffee Group grow two types of coffee, traditional and organic. Organic coffee is grown in a soil free from artificial chemicals. The farmers use natural pesticide and fertilizers, which is better for the environment, the coffee and the farmers’ health. Aranga Coffee Group has gotten new trees from the Tanzanian Coffee Research Institute (TaCRI), that have a genetic resistance to the most common pests in the area to grow Organic coffee trees. These trees also have the benefit of producing almost 50% more beans than the old coffee trees. Farmers can now save on the cost of artificial pesticides and fertilizers.

Wild Tracks buy dried beans from Aranga Coffee Group at a price 3 times higher than the average price, and work with them to train farmers how they grow organic coffee.