The World’s Tiniest Coffee Islands
  • The Kingdom of Tonga is an island nation in the South Pacific, including 176 islands belonging to Polynesia.
  • In 1973, Haniteli Fa`anunus, Director of the Research Department of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food, was to look after the growth of exportable agricultural products.
  • With the help of the French different varieties were within the next five years.
  • Finally, Ca­turra was planted in Vaini on the main island of Tongatapu.
  • The resulting coffee plantation was in royal possession, the Royal Tongan Coffee Com­pany.
  • At the end of the 20th century the Royal Tongan Coffee Company was privatized.
  • Corruption led to bankruptcy after a few years already.
  • Harry Waalkens QC, an Auckland based lawyer founded Kingdom Koffie 26 years ago.
  • Jo Ku­pu was employed by the bank as a plantation worker from a 6 hectare monoculture farm and managed the established plantation for around 8 years.
  • Derek Leonard owns and operates it for the past 7 years.
  • Several cafés throughout Tonga are supplied by Kingdom Koffie.
  • Emeline Afeaki-Mafileó and her husband Alipate bought the Royal Tongan Coffee Company a few years ago.
  • They founded Tupu’anga Coffee, which is 100% organic.
  • The annual harvest of 8 tons gives around 60 people work.
  • A big part of the revenue go to educational opportunities for young people.
  • Even if the Tonga coffee is not relevant for worldwide production, it is ranked 6th in the world with a harvest yield of 15,736 hectogramm per hectare.
  • In the taste, the coffee is very strong, with a fine acidity and a good body.
  • Its distinctive character gets the coffees by cultivation near the sea.

☕ Preparation

Since coffee has no long history in the country, there is no distinctive coffee culture. But the French influence is probably responsible for the use of the French press 😉

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  1. Derek Leonard

    Kingdom Koffie was planted out by Harry Waalkens QC an Auckland based lawyer. Jo Kupu was one of many people who managed the established plantation for around 8 years. The plantation is now 26 years old and I have owned and operated it for the past 7 years.

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