Coffee cultivation in 14.379 km distance
- In the 1980s a large number of coffee plants were planted on the islands.
- During the civol war in the 1990s production broke down.
- For some years now, more and more Arabica is cultivated in the highlands of Guadalcanal at up to 2,400 m.
- The farms of the 1978 founded Labuhila Coffee Farmers Association (LCFA) are family owned.
- Over 1,000 coffee farmers from 40 villages cultivate King Solomon Coffee here. After the harvest, the coffee is processed wet.
- Varivao Holdings Ltd began buying and selling Solomon Gold Coffee in
1993 and is now one of the leading buyers and processors of coffee in the Solomon Islands. Coffee is also roasted here and exported as Solomon Gold – 100% pure organic coffee to Fiji for example.
- In 2011, the coffee production of the exporter was just over 2,000 kg, in 2012 it was already 4,700 kg.
- Even if the production volume doubles nearly every year, coffee is still an absolute rarity and is only exported to the surrounding countries. So unfortunately, I have no recommendations on where to buy the coffee here.
Coffee is not one of the traditionally anchored beverages in the Solomon Islands. Traditionally, yams, panas and taros are some of the Solomon Islands staple foods normally eaten with fish and mussels. Especially in the cities, the diet has changed a lot. Rice becomes a staple food and is often eaten with tea. Wealthy families drink tea or coffee with sandwiches or biscuits for breakfast.