Association of Kilimanjaro Speciality Coffee Growers Ltd.
Kilicafe is a brand name of the Association of Kilimanjaro Specialty Coffee Growers , a Tanzanian Coffee Smallholder association that was launched in 2001 by 10 groups . The association is currently (2009) representing 137 groups with 11,000 Smallholder members groups in Tanzania's three Arabica-growing areas; Kilimanjaro, Mbnga and Mbeya, each committed to producing high-quality coffee for the specialty market. Since then it is actively networking and executing all activities in supporting coffee producers particularly in three dimensions; raising and promoting better coffee quality, securing access and obtaining finances (credit facilities) and securing and linking to better paid coffee markets. Comprised of Tanzania 's most progressive smallholder farmers, the Association of Kilimanjaro Specialty Coffee Growers are proud to deliver the finest coffee that Tanzania has to offer. KILICAFE's goal is to promote the production of specialty coffee, and market it internationally and locally in order to achieve better incomes for its members. KILICAFE coffees originate in the country's highland regions around Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain, and in the Mount Livingstone Ranges in the south west, near Lake Nyasa . These coffees benefit from volcanic soils and high altitudes ideally suited to the cultivation of exceptional mild arabica coffee. Kent and Bourbon varieties are grown at altitudes between 1500m and 1800m.
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