Welcome to EAFCA
EAFCA or the East African Fine Coffees Association is a group comprised of coffee, growers, processors, producers, farmers, marketers, and exporters.
Where it came from?
It is based in ten different East and Southern African countries. This list of member countries includes Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi, Ethiopia, Congo, Zambia, Zimbabwe and many other countries that are outside of this region of Africa. There are also many international members from all over the world, who are all part of the EAFCA family as well.
The main focus of EAFCA is to promote the consumption of African country throughout the whole world. And to reach that goal EAFCA has got several different programs in place to assist training and development of coffee producers and processors. EAFCA also seeks to promote the marketing of locally grown African country as well. As an organization, EAFCA believes in the economic importance of coffee within several different regions in Africa. Coffee is, after all, one of the main export products of several East African countries. EAFCA hopes that through its work, that it can raise the profile of local African coffee producers. Another aim that EAFCA seeks to achieve is to increase awareness of locally produced African coffee.
What is coffee?
Coffee is the most widely available beverage around the world. Hundreds of millions of people drink coffee.
And the only other beverage that beats coffee drinkers by numbers is tea. Coffee is made from the seeds of a berry plant. The plant belongs to the coffee family. And depending on where the coffee plant is grown, the flavor and texture of the coffee that can be brewed from the seeds changes as well. Since coffee is such a popular drink, there is also a huge demand for it. Coffee is said to have stimulant properties that can increase the energy levels and even sharpen the focus of people. Coffee also has a rich taste that is said to be quite delicious. All of these different factors have made coffee a really popular beverage. African countries, such as Ethiopia, Rwanda, and Malawi are world renowned for the coffee that they export. African coffee is one of the most widely-drunk strains of processed coffee as well!
Africa and Coffee
Several African countries are the largest producer of coffee beans. One country, Tanzania, exports as much as 40,000 tons of processed coffee a year! And that is just one country in one region of Africa. Taken into account the whole of Africa, several countries in the region easily produce a quarter of the total coffee that is consumed in the world. This means that without African countries such as Tanzania or Kenya supplying coffee, there would be a definite shortfall in the supply chain of international coffee. Many different countries, such as the UK and the US, obtain a lot of their coffee from growers in Africa. For example, international coffee chains such as Starbucks get exported processed coffee beans from Africa.
And since coffee is such an important export crop in several African regions, this means that a lot of Africans rely on coffee as their main source of income. Tanzania, which is a country known for exporting tens of thousands of tons of coffee, actually relies on coffee exports as one of their main sources of income. As much as 90% of those growing and selling coffee in Tanzania are private sharecroppers. And there are as much as 300,000 workers that are currently employed by the coffee growing and exporting industry in Tanzania alone. So it is obvious that coffee has got an important role to play in the economics of several different regions in Africa.
And with so people working on growing coffee in Africa, there are also a lot of entrepreneurs and workers who are also in the coffee industry as well. There are local African-based coffee shop chains that are based in several different African countries. For example, Java House is a coffee shop franchise which is based in several different countries around Africa, such as the country of South Africa.
There is a growing skilled workforce in Africa, who meets international employment standards, such as trained Baristas. And because of that huge population of baristas and other coffee shop workers in several different countries, there is also a huge interest in coffee competitions and events. EAFCA also holds various kinds of cupping competitions, barista matches, and other kinds of events that anyone in the coffee industry would be interested in. There are various EAFCA lectures, and workshops which could give invaluable skills to those that are in on the coffee industry in the continent of Africa.
All in Africa
Since Africa is such a huge region, there are also many different strains of coffee that are grown throughout the continent. It is not accurate to say coffee from Africa because it could refer to any one of the dozen strains that are grown in several different African-countries. Several countries, such as Kenya and Ethiopia are extremely well-known for the kinds of coffee that they grow. And with each kind of coffee that is grown in different countries, the flavors of their coffee also changes. So there is a lot that coffee enthusiasts can expect from African-grown coffee.
Unique Taste Coffee
Typically, African-grown coffee is known for its unique taste. People have described African coffee as tasting a bit fruity and sweet. And there are even hints of a floral flavor to African coffee as well. This special flavor of coffee has made people really surprised that there are even coffee strains that can taste like this. A lot of people are surprised by the sometimes citrus and even blueberry taste in the coffee that is exported from Africa. And there are even more unique flavors of coffee that can be tasted. Rwandan coffee is said to taste like citrus with a hint of bright floral taste as well.
With all of these different strains of coffee being grown in Africa, it is no wonder that African coffee is world-renowned and being exported throughout the whole world!
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