Written by Danielle Kilbride.
Source: Perfect Daily Grind.
Ripe coffee cherries in Tanzania. Credit: Olam International
East Africa produces some of the world’s best coffees. It’s the birthplace of coffee. It’s the origin of Geisha, Yirgacheffe, and more. In short, it’s an iconic coffee region. But what makes it different from the Americas, Asia, and even the rest of Africa? What challenges do producers here face? And what does the future hold for this unique region?
To find out the answers to all these questions and more, we spoke to two experts: Phil Schluter, CEO of Schluter Coffee and founding member of the SCAE, and Alan Nietlisbach, Senior Vice President of Specialty Coffee at Olam International. Schluter Coffee specializes in East African coffees, and Olam acquired them last Autumn, making Phil and Alan two key stakeholders in this region’s coffee industry.
Here’s what they had to say.