Introduction

The Aranga farmers live on the slopes of Mt. Meru in northern Tanzania. The fertile, volcanic soil provides the ideal environment for growing the fragile Arabica plants without much artificial intervention. The Aranga group was formed by 10 farmers who broke away from a mismanaged cooperative to establish a more democratic group and focus on quality upgrading.

After two harvests of feedback, cooperation and over 50% higher prices due to our premium structure, we have invested in the coop's drying infrastructure, moisture measurement equipment and harvesting process. Due to an increasingly open and trustful relationship, together we can bring out the coffee fruit’s full potential: floral aromas, dark berry acidities and an especially intense vanilla mouthfeel.


Our Tanzanian value chain looks insanely complicated, but it is in fact the cheapest and simplest way to get our coffee home. In our first year, we helped Aranga obtain an export license and tried to arrange local logistics ourselves. This caused so many additional costs and delays that we decided to use the traditional auction route and simply wire the difference between our agreed price and the auction price straight to the farmers. Problem solved!

CULTIVARS

Arabica Bourbon (Jackson, Mbirizi) and Kent

 

ALTITUDE

1,500 - 1,700 meters above sea level

 

NOTABLE

local organic certification (since 2016) by the Tanzania Organic Agriculture Movement (TOAM), shade grown, farmer owned and farmer-run cooperative, actively seeks participation of women in coop activities.

 

Key ACHIEVEMENTS

2015: first ever independent export, planted three acres of new coffee due to success of first export

2016: started working with Dormans, consolidated drying beds from 12 to 4 locations to stabilise drying, introduced moisture meter

 

PROCESSING

double wet fermentation. Cherries are depulped using simple hand-pulpers and strictly washed the same day they are picked. They are then double wet-fermented (2x 18 hours), shade dried, and then sun dried on raised beds. This year, we are centralising these beds to achieve more uniform drying.

 

 

 

PRICE BREAKDOWN (EUR/KG)

€ 7,94 =

the price you pay for Aranga p/kg. This is €1,48 less than last year, while maintaining the same price paid to the farmers in USD! Important scale savings were made on shipping and milling. You can view the old price breakdown here.

€ 2,23 + € 2,17 + € 0,07 +

this year, we let the group sell their coffee at auction and paid them the difference between our agreed price (€4,40) and the auction price (€2,23) through direct bank transfer. The extra €0,07 was to buy a moisture meter for the group. In total, the extra revenue from Aranga received from This Side Up above the market price is 51% of the total price, which in turn is equal to 2,04 x the Fair Trade base price. 

€ 0,50 +

dry-milling costs to Dormans in Moshi + local transport costs to Dar es Salaam.

€ 0,41 + € 0,37 +

sea freight from Dar Es Salaam to Rotterdam + clearance, local transport and storage.

€ 2,19

This Side Up expense coverage. Expenses include wages, sending samples, travel and various office costs.


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CUPPING EXPERIENCES

“a full-bodied coffee with tones of vanilla and a light acidity that tastes like plums and red cherries. As espresso it's spicy sweet  - while as filter you'll find blackcurrant and floral notes”

Brigitte van der Loo, Koffiejuffrouw
(about Lot Sixty One's Aranga)

 

"The coffee has a modest, round body with floral aromas, a silky vanilla mouthfeel and the dark sweetness of blackcurrant. A godlike coffee from the African continent"

Rommert Schram, Kikundi Coffee

 

"Sweet, floral, hint of lemon. Mouthfeel: Silky vanilla"

Inge Bulthuis, Back to Black


PHOTO GALLERY

You may use these images freely to promote Aranga among your customers.

 

 

CONTACT ARANGA

Aranga can be reached by email or by phone. Aranga is also happy to have visitors to show around their coffee farms and host in their village, close to the city of Arusha and to numerous national parks. 

CONTACT Gideon Ndewario / Rebecca Trupin

EMAIL arangacoffee@gmail.com / rebecca.trupin@gmail.com

TEL +255 756 717 521 /  +1 917 783 3014

 

 
 

Aranga Coffee Group, Nkoaranga, Arumeru District, Arusha Region, Tanzania

 

BACKGROUND

The Aranga farmers live on the lush green slopes of Mt. Meru in northern Tanzania, not far from the safari destination Arusha National Park. The fertile, volcanic soil provides the ideal environment for growing the fragile Arabica plants without much artificial intervention. The Kent and Bourbon cultivars were first introduced by German colonists more than a hundred years ago, and many of these ancient plants survived despite years of abandon – the wide girth of the trunks of some of the coffee trees are a testament to their age. More importantly, the roots of these old trees run deep and are able to effectively absorb volcanic minerals that make for healthy and full-flavoured cherries with complex acidities.

The Aranga Coffee Group is a testament to the initiative and determination of small holder farmers. Ten founding members broke away from a mismanaged cooperative to find better markets and establish a more transparent and democratic governing system. Formally registered in 2002, the group enshrined weekly meetings to keep all members informed of the group’s business doings, make decisions collectively, and meet with a local agronomist to learn improved farming techniques. Over a decade later, these investments have paid off. Aranga boasts some of the best coffee to be found anywhere in Tanzania and has a remarkably successful and transparent business. The members – now 28 in number – are true artisans of their coffee and drink it themselves, which is a rarity for the East African region, outside of Ethiopia. Aranga members are subsistence farmers. Each family has 0.5 to 2 acres which they farm in the traditional local method of intercropping. Coffee trees are interspersed with banana trees, whose broad leaves provide sufficient shade from the equatorial sun.     

The Aranga Coffee Group is also unusual in its involvement of women. In Tanzania, men traditionally own coffee trees. At Aranga, women make up 11 of the 28 members and hold several key leadership positions.

Rebecca Trupin met the Aranga group in 2012. Rebecca is half-Tanzanian, half-American, and has roots in neighboring Kilimanjaro region. She was looking for successful cooperative models to help farmers in her mother’s village, and the Aranga group readily agreed to help, meeting with Rebecca’s farmers and sharing their constitution and methods.

Rebecca has been looking for ways to connect Aranga and other farmer groups to buyers in the US and Europe. She met Lennart in early 2014. The relationship started with Lennart simply helping out with explaining things like coffee contracts and the shipping process, still thinking that Rebecca was to import coffee to the United States. After sending a sample in March 2014 that yielded promising results, Rebecca was even more driven to document Aranga’s activities and work towards the first export. When she then sent the 2015 season’s sample to Lennart and Paul (Sweet Cup) in February, they were blown away by the cup’s floral aromas, dark berry acidities and especially its full and intense vanilla mouthfeel. This is when we decided to offer Aranga in Europe. Our occasional phone calls evolved into intensive cooperation in two years time, and we’re proud to have the coffee in our warehouse to show for it now! 

2016 UPDATE

The first Aranga shipment successfully made it to Amsterdam in June of 2015. Aranga used the premium from this shipment for the cooperative’s development fund which went towards purchasing the land they currently rent for their demonstration plot and nursery. Another significant project going forward is improving and standardizing Aranga’s coffee processing system. The group has achieved excellent quality without large scale machinery or a washing station – each farmer wet-processes coffee individually before the cooperative comes together to bring coffee to the miller. This shows their potential to achieve even greater results with good equipment.

We are getting started right away – at a meeting during Lennart's visit in January, the farmers decided that This Side Up's 2016 premium will be used to centralise the group's processing activities: instead of processing at each farmer's house individually, they will create four pulping, washing and drying stations by expanding some of the members' current stations. We will also finance a moisture meter that will further aid the group in homogenising the humidity levels of the parchment coffee before it is shipped to the dry mill. We expect that these measures will result in a significant increase in the amount of AA and AB grades that can be produced next season. - Rebecca Trupin