No. 74 of coffee producers with 20 tons of coffee a year.
- On June 22, 1819 coffee plants were introduced from the Norfolk Islands.
- In 1865, about 300 Chinese arrived in Tahiti from Hong Kong and worked in Papara for the Tahiti Cotton and Coffee Plantation Cys Ltd. as a cheap and obedient workforce in the cotton fields, coffee and sugar plantations.
- With the French nuclear program in the 1960s, the agricultural sector almost collapsed. Until 1965 there were no exports of coffee and vanilla.
- Meanwhile, agriculture has recovered.
- Today, the two main coffee growing islands are Rututu, a part of the Austral archipelago and the island of Rapa Iti. Other growing areas are located on the islands of Tubuai, Rimatara and Raivavae.
- The prevailing climate and volcanic soils are ideal for growing Arabica like Red Cattura.
- The coffee is 100% local, because it is grown, harvested, processed and roasted on site.
- For 25% of the population of Rurutu, coffee is the main source of income.
- The taste of the coffee is balanced, with a mild acidity, character, fruity floral notes and a very soft aroma.
☕ Traditional Preparation
The Polynesians like to add a Tahitian vanilla pod to the coffee packaging or a few drops of vanilla in their cup. A ready mix you can get here. The vanilla coffee is served with sugar and coconut cream. There are French croissants.