The former cocoa world market leader is also growing coffee
- São Tomé and Príncipe is an island state in the Gulf of Guinea off Nigeria, about 200 km off the coast of Africa.
- During the Portuguese colonial period, coffee was imported from Brazil in the first half of the 19th century.
- Slaves worked on plantations until the abolition of slavery in 1876.
- They were replaced by Angolan contract workers, who had to work under the same conditions – the modern slavery was born.
- Only since 1975 the country is independent.
- This led to the collapse of the plantation economy and the deterioration of the infrastructure a few years later.
- In 1998, the Italian and chocolate producer Claudio Corallo bought the abandoned coffee plantations Nova Moca and Terreiro Velho.
- São Tomé is growing Liberia coffee and 98 % Arabica varieties like Caturra, Bourbon and Novo Mundo at 600 – 1,000 m altitude.
- Every year, about 1,000 bags of coffee are exported, with a large proportion to the quality-conscious consumers of Scandinavia.
- The idyllic coffee plantations like Roca Agostinho Neto, Roca Bombaim, but also the largest plantation Roça Monte Café can be visited in day trips and various coffees can be tasted.
- The coffe is full-bodied. Body, acidity and harmony are above average – ideal for blends.
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