Tanzanian coffee plantation

In the shadow of Africa’s tallest mountain, Kilimanjaro, sits this vast coffee plantation. Covering 600 hectares, they produce 80-100 thousand tones of green coffee a year. The coffee bushes are harvested by hand, 4000 hands belonging to 2000 seasonal workers. The incredibly simple process of turning ripe juicy coffee beans into ready to roast dry beans is all done on site using techniques that have changed little in 50 years.

I had the pleasure of a private tour to photograph some of this process and, being endlessly fascinated by manufacturing processes, I do hope to be able to return to cover the story of how we get our caffeine fix in more detail.


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