Coffee is consumed as a hot or cold beverage by about one-third of the world's population, and its total consumption is larger than that of any other beverage except tea. The tree requires a warm climate and ample moisture. South Africa is a net importer of coffee and consumes more than 20 000 ton per annum.
At present no more than 200 ha of coffee are under production in South Africa, mostly in KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga provinces. However, coffee is an ideal wealth and job creator, and is one of the only crops well suited to both small-scale farmers and commercial estates. This factor, and the ability of both farming systems to earn foreign exchange from the crop, makes it a unique indigenous wealth creator. In addition, it is an ideal pioneer crop for areas with poor infrastructure, as it is one of the few tropical horticultural crop products that can be stored for relatively long periods without perishing (Source: ARC-Institute for Tropical and Subtropical Crops.)
Associations and organisations
Coffee Growers' Secretariat of SA
P O Box 576
Fax: 015 307 4381;
Southern African Coffee Producers' Organisation (SACPO)
ARC-Institute for Tropical and Subtropical Crops,
Tel: 013 7532071;
Fax: 013 752 3854.
Coffee growers in Southern Africa
Sabie Valley Coffee
Tel: 013 737 8169.
One of only two growers and roasters in the Lowveld. Zoeknog Coffee Project
Tel: 013 1103.
Practical Action (formerly ITDG), UK.
Coffee: an exporter's guide, 2002. ISBN 92-9137-242-2
This guide provides an overview of the world coffee trade, and includes essential information on prices, niche markets, marketing and quality control, marketing systems, coffee producers' country profiles.
Kenya's Coffee and Tea Industry.
An article on Sasini, a public company listed on the Nairobi stock exchange. It owns and operates tea and coffee estates in Kenya, and 100% of its produce is for the export market.
For further information contact: Jesper Kjaer
Tel: 011 341 9030
Fax: 011 325 0729
Small-Scale Coffee Processing:
A technical brief produced by the Practical Action (formely ITDG), UK, which provides brief overviews on growing, harvesting, processing and packaging of coffee. A list of equipment suppliers is included. Website: http://www.itdg.org/