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The First World Coffee Producers Forum met in the city of Medellin, Colombia, on July 12, 2017, and considering that: Profitability of coffee farming in many producing countries faces a critical situation, even going through periods of losses, due to different factors such
as: lower international coffee prices, which have dramatically deteriorated the coffee trade terms (reducing the purchasing power of coffee growers), low agricultural productivity, increasing production costs related to climate change and variability, and rising labor costs of production activities such as harvest.

  1. Lower profitability has led a significant percentage of coffee producers in the world
    to live in poverty, with deprivations in their quality of life (housing, utilities, delayed or poorly attended education, low access to health systems, etc.), and reduced ability to reinvest in their farms.
  2. Even if development of specialty coffee in the last decades has generated some premiums to producers, these have not been enough to o set the costs associated with certifications, and the analysis of value of the global coffee chain shows that the share reaching producers is very low, in contrast to that remaining in the hands of traders, roasting companies, and distributors to final consumers.

To read more please visit Page 26 to 27 of our July – September 2017 Magazine Issue.

From 15th – 17th February 2016, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia will host the 15th African Fine Coffee Conference and Exhibition (AFCC & E) at the Millennium Hall under the theme: “Reshaping the African Coffee Industry for Productivity & Investment”

What is the African Fine Coffees Conference & Exhibition?

The African Fine Coffee Conference and Exhibition is Africa’s Largest Coffee Trade Platform that brings over 2000 regional and international coffee roasters, traders, producers, professionals and connoisseurs under one roof. Delegates hail from all over the world namely Germany, South Africa, Israel, USA, Switzerland, Japan, China, The
Netherlands and Italy.

The first African Fine Coffees Conference and Exhibition was held in February 2004 in Nairobi, Kenya to attempt to strengthen the producer – buyer relationships. Since the then the conference has grown immensely with over 2000 attendees at the 14th AFCC & E held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in February 2016.

The conference provides a fantastic line up of internationally acclaimed speakers and a wonderful exhibition area vital to companies showcasing the best coffees and affiliated services. The conference is the Africa’s leading platform for gathering valuable coffee information, building trade relations and buyer and seller interaction. The conference
further provides delegates with a unique opportunity to celebrate the host country’s unique coffees and beauty through its coffee safaris and themed side social events.

Theme “Reshaping the African Coffee Industry for Productivity & Investment” Coffee, as a commodity, has continued to play a leading role in the economy of Ethiopia, contributing between 24% to 26% of it’s economy. It is also a source of income of a quarter of the population of Ethiopia. Even at the world renowned Ethiopia Commodity Exchange it contributes over 43% of the volume and 60% of the value of all commodities traded.

The Ethiopian industry has seen several million dollar investments into the sector over the last five years along the entire value chain. This conference will seek to understand lessons we can learn from Ethiopia as well as other active investors in the region on their long term view of the African Coffee and why Productivity is going to be key for
Africa in the next 10 years.


  1.  Visit the Birthplace of Coffee
  2. Over 80 Exhibitors from Around the World
  3. Cup 40 of the Top Coffees from Around Africa
  4. Over 140 Business to Business Meetings between Buyers and Sellers
  5. Over 20 Top Notch Presenters and Discussions
  6. Make 100s of Coffee Friendships to last for a lifetime!

Name: James Dargan

Company: Tembo Coffee Company

Country – Tanzania

  1. Espresso, Filter Coffee or Cappuccino – How do you like your Tanzania Coffee? & Why?

I enjoy French press coffees at home and at the office. The press is a convenient and quick way to enjoy a cup of coffee and lends well to the light roast of the laboratory.

  1. What do you Love Most about Tanzania as a country?

The people and climate. Tanzania has some of the friendliest people around and the perfect climate for living and growing coffee. The southern highlands are especially true for this; the towns aren’t too big and the high altitude keeps the weather nice year round.

  1. What makes TZ so special among international buyers?

Tanzania has a huge potential for quality coffee. Arable, uncultivated land is plentiful and with the right incentives farmers will plant more trees. The commercial grades (FAQ/AMEX) offer a great value for roasters looking to put some East African coffee into their blend and the premium coffees can stand up against the best coffees from any region.