Coffee is enjoyed the world over, with global consumption continuing to rise at a rapid pace. The drive behind much of this consumption is due to increased awareness surrounding coffee and its introduction as an alternative hot beverage to more traditional drinks such as tea.
Such is this uptrend in growth that in 2015, the International Coffee Organisation forecasted a 25% increase in demand by the year 2020 with a large percentage of this demand originating in India, China and across Latin America.
Global coffee production currently stands at 160 million bags (each bag weighs 60kg) for the crop year commencing in 2017, with the majority of this output stemming from the leaders in production; Brazil, Vietnam, Colombia and Indonesia.
But whilst not at the forefront in terms of overall output, the continent of Africa has rapidly developed a reputation for producing some of the finest coffee beans in the world, with several African countries synonymous with coffee growing forecasted to produce around 16 million bags this season, accounting for around a 10th of total global production.
African coffee production is projected to double over the next five years as forecasted by the African Fine Coffees Association, firmly placing Africa as an important component in ensuring that global production can keep up with demand.
As a coffee company with its roots in the heart of Africa, Klu aspires to share African coffee with coffee lovers across Singapore.
Coffee growing in Ethiopia is a longstanding tradition which dates back over one thousand years, with Ethiopia home to the Arabica coffee plant which is indigenous to the country.
Ethiopia is also Africa’s largest coffee producer with total production reaching 7.65 million bags in 2017, accounting for 5% of total global coffee production.
The destination for Ethiopia’s coffee is split between a thriving domestic market with the country being Africa’s largest coffee consumer in addition to export throughout the European Union, East Asia and North America.
Ethiopia’s total coffee output places it as the 6th largest producer in the world.
Uganda is known for producing a fine grade Arabica coffee in addition to a significant quantity of Robusta coffee, placing them as the 2nd largest coffee producer in Africa with a total output of 5.1 million bags in 2017.
Unlike Ethiopia, Uganda doesn’t feature a large coffee drinking culture with the majority of its coffee production set for export. In conjunction with Ethiopia, Uganda is set to act as a leading force for the increase in production across Africa, with an aim to quadruple current production output by 2025.
Uganda is currently the 8th largest coffee producer in the world.
Coffee production in the ivory coast stems back to the 19th century when the plant was first introduced and became a farmed crop. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, the Ivory Coast was Africa’s largest coffee producer and one of the leading countries in the world by total production output.
Today, the Ivory Coast is the 3rd largest producer of coffee in Africa with a production output that totalled 1.3 million bags in 2017, with a target in place to increase output fourfold by 2020. The majority of coffee production in the Ivory Coast consists of Robusta beans.
The Ivory Coast is currently the 14th largest coffee producer in the world.
Coffee production in Kenya initially began at the turn of the 20th century according to several sources, despite its close proximity to Ethiopia.
The country of Kenya features many geographical areas which are suitable for farming coffee, consisting of acidic soil and the perfect amount of both sunlight and rainfall. Known for both the production of Arabica and Robusta beans, high grade Kenyan coffee is prized for its full and intense flavour, making it sought after across the world.
Kenya is Africa’s 4th largest coffee producer with a total output of 790,000 bags in 2017, making it the 15th largest coffee producer in the world.
Coffee production in Tanzania dates back to the 16th century when it was introduced to the region from Ethiopia. Tanzania’s coffee production is a combination of both Arabica and Robusta beans with the former comprising around 70% of total production output.
Tanzania is Africa’s 5th largest coffee producing nation with 683,000 bags cultivated in 2017, with a large focus on increasing this output considerably over the next few years.
The main consumers of Tanzanian coffee include Japan, Italy and the United States with the Tanzanian population preferring to drink tea, although this is slowly beginning to change with a steady increase in the quantities of coffee consumed locally.
Tanzania is currently the 17th largest coffee producer in the world.
Other Notable Mentions
Other interesting sources of coffee to try would be, DR Congo, Malawi and South Sudan. DR Congo and South Sudan are considered to be unsafe areas due to internal civil conflicts and war, hence the rarity of the coffee from these sources.
Congolese coffee is similar to this of Western Uganda (same mountain range, difference sides of it). It has a chocolate aroma and citrusy flavour.
South Sudanese coffee is extremely rare. The civil war that erupted in 2013, shortly after the independence in 2011, halted and partially destroyed much expected and promising beginnings of coffee industry in South Sudan. Prior to that war Nespresso introduced a USD 2 Million program (under Social-Corporate Responsibility) for South Sudanese coffee farmers. With the break of a civil war Nespresso discontinued the program, and the farmers, who didn’t have much time to develop neither their plantations, nor the trade, were forced to turn to other, faster growing cash crops in order to economically survive in a short term. Still, some cultivated plantations exist in the regions of this vast country that were less damaged by war, as well as wild coffee that grows in several locations.
Malawi has a relatively long, but unknown coffee growing industry, making it a somewhat rare source.
Malawi exports 1,000 metric tonnes of coffee a year, and they grow it in altitude of between 1200 and 2500 mt above sea level. Malawi is known for comparatively stable supplies for buyers and good varieties of Arabica coffee.
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Klu Coffee: Our Coffee
Located in Uganda, Klu prides itself in working with growers and co-operatives across the Eastern and Central Africa region. Our coffee is sourced from Ethiopia, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi and the DR Congo to bring you some of the finest coffee available in the world.
The provenance of our coffee is of great importance to us which is why we focus on building strong relationships to create a direct and solid supply network with the coffee growers and co-operatives that we partner with. We make sure that no middlemen are involved in the process, thus we don’t have to compromise on the consistency of supplies and, most importantly, on the quality of the coffee.
Our brand and the coffee we blend is designed to enhance the way you enjoy coffee. Rather than just a drink to start your day, we believe that coffee drinking is an experience in itself which is why we have crafted several products across our range which are all designed to offer something unique.
Whatever the mood you’re in or the time of day, we have crafted the perfect accompaniment, whether you’re after a jolt of energy or something a little more mellow to relax with. Each of our blends has its own persona and brings a taste of the region in which it was grown.
Simply browse each of our individual blends to get a feel for what they offer before making a purchase. We welcome your comments and feedback so please feel free to send us a message via our contact page.