With 219 members, the Idunda AMCOS was founded in 2001with a primary goal of working with smallholder producers and connecting them to international markets. With two small washing stations, the AMCOS is able to collectively produce roughly 98MT of coffee annually.
Producers face various struggles such as lack of availability to necessary inputs which can lead to low yields and a decreased income. However, with the presence of new washing stations and other facilities, these threats are gradually beginning to diminish. The AMCOS is better able to provide access to resources and knowledge for producers to grow more profitable coffee.
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.