The Hezya Agricultural Marketing Cooperative Society (AMCOS) was started here in June of 2017 with 50 members. Thanks to its efficiency and access to resources, the AMCOS has now grown to work with 295 producers. These producers are generally growing coffee on less than one hectare of land. The name comes from the Heyza village where most of the producers in the AMCOS live. However, some also reside in the neighboring villages of Haraka and Izumbi. The AMCOS assists producers by providing them with agro-inputs and loans to improve production.
Kenya’s less well-known neighbour produces an astoundingly similar-tasting coffee in a somewhat similar landscape. Coffee is marketed by both an auction system organised by the Tanzania Coffee Board (TCB) and direct sale.
Arabica seedlings were first introduced to the country from Réunion Island (then known as Bourbon) and planted in the Bayamoyo and Mogoro regions (fairly close to Dar Es Salaam) and were later established as a successful commercial crop in 1893 on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro by German colonizers.