The government decided to intervene in Ghana’s coffee production in the 1980s. They started to help set up plantations in order to increase the production of coffee in Ghana.
However, it was around this time that farmers began to abandon these crops as the price of coffee crashed at roughly the same time.
The raw coffee is exported, like other raw materials processed abroad or refined, in order to import it again much more expensive, e.g. instant coffee.
Ghana produces roughly 4 million pounds of coffee a year
The Robusta beans have an earthy taste and can often be quite bitter and grain-like, but with a peanut butter aftertaste. This is why Robusta beans are often used in coffee blends, espressos and Instant coffee.
Although coffee is getting increasingly popular – Nescafe and other instant coffees are dominant.
However there are numerous Ghanaian coffee brands available to try, like Upcountry Coffee Company, Kawa Moka, which is an all-female-owned brand, as well as Gold Coast Roasters, Asili Coffee, and Volta.