From November 21-27, the Hub sponsored the African Fine Coffee Association to host seven U.S buyers in Tanzania. The mission enabled the U.S coffee buyers and roasters to experience firsthand how Tanzanian farmers grow and process their coffee. The buyer mission focused on delivering a unique country package to selected coffee buyers and roasters. As a result of the mission, U.S. coffee buyers linked with 16 Tanzanian sellers for a potential value of $180,000.
My first time in Africa and Tanzania has been an amazing experience. I have not seen or been to a more beautiful origin. I source coffees from around the world but East Africa is special. To be able to source unique coffees, meet amazing producers, enjoy perfect weather and see a lion in one week is something I have never experienced in my life,” said Ethan Hill from Emissary Sourcing LLC.
The seven buyers came from Yuni Coffee Company, Black Rifle Company, Genuine Origin, Good Folks Coffee, Emissary Sourcing LLC, Victoria Coffee and Yuni Coffee Company. The Tanzania Coffee Board hosted the buyers and introduced them to industry leaders in Tanzanian coffee. The buyers had the opportunity to cup the top 12 coffees from the Tanzania Taste of Harvest competition and visit the Dorman’s Tanzania dry mill before attending the award ceremony for the Tanzania Taste of Harvest Winners. The U.S. buyers also visited the Tanzania Coffee Research Institute to learn about and cup the different Tanzanian coffee varieties.
I came to Tanzania in 2008 with my wife to volunteer with a mission group. I am pleased to be back 9 years later to do something I love, to source and buy coffee. I thank USAID and AFCA for this great opportunity. Many roasters don’t get to visit East Africa as an origin. By visiting the origin I and many on the trip feel a special attachment not just to the coffee but to the people that produce it. With a few samples in my backpack and surreal photos, I hope I will be able to tell and sell the Tanzanian Coffee Story,” said Mathew Argo.