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The best coffee in the Pacific.
- To the Cook Islands include 15 islands: Rarotonga, Aitutaki, Atiu, Mangaia and other small ones.
- They are of volcanic origin and with their nutrient-rich soils and partly still natural rainforest ideal for the cultivation of coffee.
- The first missionaries brought coffee to the islands at the beginning of the 19th century.
- In 1865 the Cook Islands exported coffee worth £30,000.
- In the late 1890s the coffee production fell due to a blight that affected the plants.
- The first and second world wars almost brought the export to a standstill.
- It was not until the 1950s that the coffee industry returned.
- Cultivated on the island of Atiu only, the coffee was roasted on the main island of Rarotonga from 1970 and packaged by Triad Enterprises under the label Royal Atiu Coffee.
- After a further collapse of the coffee industry until 1983, the Germans Andrea and Jürgen Eimke convinced the local government in 1984 to take over the business.
- They released plantations that had been overgrown and imported new processing machines and roasters.
- Today the plantations of Atiu Coffee Factory Ltd. are 39 hectares large and produce 17 tons of beans annually.
- After 250 hours of drying and 6 months of storage, 4.5 tons of roasted beans are produced.
- Since 1998, there is also a local coffee farmer, Mata Arai, who produces Atiu Island Coffee.
- The 100% Bio Arabica coffee is produced in a lot of manual work and without chemicals with the simplest devices and is to be the best in the entire Pacific.
- Those who are there can also visit the coffee plantations at Atiu.