Eastern Africa is known as the historical home of the coffee plant, and the region continues to be a major global supplier. On a tour from Arusha, you can learn the significance of Tanzania’s coffee trade and sample freshly brewed coffee from beans roasted on working plantations. Here’s what you need to know.
- Discover some of Tanzania’s oldest and largest plantations in the foothills of Mount Meru, just outside Arusha.
- Stay overnight in guest accommodations nestled among coffee plants.
- Visit family-run plantations for insight into the production process and daily life of coffee farmers.
- Taste freshly brewed, locally grown coffee, and learn about its international trade.
- Combine your tour with other regional attractions on a multi-day sightseeing excursion.
Tanzania Coffee History
Having made its way to Tanzania from its native Ethiopia more than 400 years ago, the coffee plant has long been a valuable trade crop in the country. The arabica variety dominated under German colonization, leading to its widespread naturalization today. However, the robusta species still accounts for about 30 percent of Tanzania’s total produce. Arusha’s arabica beans are particularly notable for their distinctively rich flavor, a product of high elevation and fertile land. Look for opportunities to purchase local produce. Some smaller sellers will also give you the chance to practice your manual bean-grinding skills too.