Cameroon Grassfields Co-op Fully Washed
|60 KG BAG
About This Coffee
Founded in 2019, Grassfield Co-op CA is a cooperative of coffee producers based in the western part of Cameroon in the areas of Foumbot, Bamenda, Mbouda and Bafoussam. It specializes in the production of high quality coffee.
This fully washed lot includes a 24-36 hour fermentation and after washing, the coffee is sun dried on raised African beds for around 7-8 days (or until 12% moisture is achieved).
|Kouoptamo, Western Cameroon
|CMR CA WA PR
|60 KG BAG
|Grain Pro / Ecotact
The Bamoun kingdom (Department of NOUN), located in the mountains of western Cameroon (The Grassfield) is where the traditional homeland of the Bamileke and the Tikar tribes, closely related ethnic groups which share similar languages and traditions. The local here typically make a living through trade, crafts and agriculture.
The king of the Bamouns is from the dynasty of Nchare Yen, who came from Rifum (Mbankim). The religious make up of the region is a mix of Islam, which came from the north, and Christianity, which came from the south.
History of Coffee in Cameroon
Commercial coffee cultivation came to Cameroon with German colonists in 1884 and was established in the western highlands in the late 1920’s when—the story is told—agricultural engineer Rene Coste recognized the ideal conditions on the slopes of the volcano, Mt. Oku, and planted 200,000 seedlings. Today, Cameroon grows just over a half million bags of coffee each year, but 30 years ago production peaked at 3 million bags. The decline has been largely due to the removal of government controls and supports and the overall decline in prices following the collapse of the International Coffee Agreement in 1989.
Growing Coffee in Cameroon
Over 80% of coffee grown in Cameroon is robusta but the altitude, volcanic soil, and diverse micro-climates around Mt. Oku are ideal for arabica. Most coffee is grown by smallholders and although coffee growing cooperatives are not as numerous as they once were, centralized milling remains common. Over a half million acres of land are devoted to coffee farming, but yields are low due to the age of the trees. In recent years, the government has sought to revive the coffee sector.
- Subregion Kouoptamo, Western Cameroon
- Farm Name Grassfield Co-operative
- Producer Type Cooperative
- Processing Washed
- Bag Types Grain Pro / Ecotact
- Plant Species Arabica
- Min Growing Altitude 1150m
- Screen Size 15 Up
- On Sale No
- Top Lot No
- Price Per Kg £5.75
- Status Spot
- Coffee Grade CMR CA WA PR
- CTRM Contract Number P8001639-1
- Origin Cameroon
- Warehouse Vollers Group Uk