Africa 

African coffee is brewed and celebrated worldwide for its rich and unique flavors. Our extensive sourcing network reaches smallholder farmers in Congo, Ivory Coast and Uganda, as well as estates in Tanzania and Zambia. Managed by our teams of expert agronomists and sustainability professionals, these farms supply specialty customers internationally with sustainably grown, traceable coffees.

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Democratic Republic of Congo

Both arabica and robusta are traditional export crops for DRC and now specialty production is bringing new investment, interest and hope to the Kivu provinces – the main growing region. As the country’s largest coffee buyer and exporter, we offer high-quality fully washed coffee, alongside specialty honeys and naturals, and organic cascara, produced at our seven washing stations. A stronger focus on quality also rewards the farmers with higher premiums.

Smiling farm worker picking red coffee beans in the Republic of Congo

Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast is an important producer of full-bodied robusta. ofi has grown to become the country’s largest green coffee buyer and 4C certified exporter, benefitting the livelihoods of around 90,000 smallholders each year. Our state-of-the-art dry mill in Abidjan is equipped with modern machinery geared towards producing superior quality beans and customized grades for buyers.

Close up shot of red coffee beans on tree branch

Tanzania

This 2,000-hectare certified green arabica coffee estate is located in the mountainous Songea Rural District of Southern Tanzania along the Ruvuma River. Certified by Rainforest Alliance/UTZ and 4C, the estate employs many people from the local community and has invested in social infrastructure. We are proud to be the first business in Africa to have a site achieve the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) Standard.

Smiling farm worker picking red coffee beans in Tanzania

Uganda

Considered the birthplace of robusta, Uganda is home to what is thought to be one of the rarest examples of naturally occurring coffee trees anywhere in the world. Over a third of the country’s population depend on coffee to make a living, making it a product of vital economic and social significance. Our Sironko processing mill produces specialty grade, fully washed arabicas, sourced from the farmers spread across the high slopes of Mt Elgon.

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Zambia

The Rainforest Alliance/UTZ certified arabica estates are located in the stunning Mafinga Hills of Zambia’s Northern Province, favored for its microclimate, rich volcanic soil and rainfall. As well as improving production facilities and processes with an emphasis on quality, we’re investing in the communities beyond the estates to improve access to education and healthcare, and support smallholder farmers.

Female farm worker driving a tractor filled with red coffee beans

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Blog May 19, 2022

World Bee Day: How ofi is paying homage to buzzworthy pollinators supporting ecosystems

As one of the world’s largest almond growers, ofi has a deep understanding of the responsibility associated with sustainable farming practices. As an organization, ofi has committed to growing with a positive environmental impact

footprint, and as part of this effort, we are proud to protect and promote pollinator health in our bee-friendly orchards.

News Nov 29, 2021

Nespresso recognizes ofi’s coffee teams in Peru and Colombia as strategic partners

ofi’s coffee businesses in Peru and Colombia have been awarded the title of “Strategic Partner” by Nespresso for their contribution to its successful AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program.

 

Nespresso’s AAA coffee sourcing program is designed to ensure the continued supply of high-quality coffee while also improving the livelihoods of farmers and protecting the environment. Its name was inspired by the respected AA standard, a hallmark of coffee quality around the world, with each A standing for one of the program’s three aims: quality, sustainability and productivity.

 

ofi’s field teams support these aims by providing farmers with year-round support and training to produce reliable, sustainable, and traceable coffee.

 

“Today’s consumers want more than just exceptional quality and flavor; they want to know the coffee they buy carries a positive story for the people and environment it came from. Together with Nespresso, we’ve supported over 2,850 coffee farmers across Peru and Colombia so far to meet this demand for coffee that delights on both the sensory and sustainability front. It’s through partnerships like this that we can create real change at scale for people and planet.” Prashant Jalan, Country head Peru for ofi’s coffee platform.

 

The program also contributes to ofi’s 2025 sustainability commitments under Coffee LENS. Launched a year ago, the roadmap sets out targets for improving livelihoods, communities and landscapes by 2025 across ofi’s global coffee supply chain.

Press Release May 3, 2022

ofi and Melitta partner to offer consumers differentiated and fully traceable coffee

An innovative coffee project with selected specialty coffees between ofi (olam food ingredients) and Melitta Europa GmbH & Co. KG – Coffee Division – combines the capabilities of blockchain with other digital tools to meet growing consumer demand for coffee that not only stands out for its aroma and taste but is also traceable - from farm to roaster.

 

“Consumers are increasingly interested in where their ingredients come from, but traceability is notoriously challenging in coffee supply chains because of their fragmented nature. The beans are sourced from smallholder farmers scattered across remote areas and often change hands multiple times before reaching the roaster”. Florian Schmidt, general manager, coffee at ofi.

 

“This is why we’re innovating with our customers to deepen our digital presence on the ground to improve traceability. This benefits both farmers and coffee lovers, who are becoming increasingly quality-oriented and experience-driven”, Schmidt continues.

 

At farm level, ofi sources high-quality lots via it's proprietary smartphone app from smallholder farmers located in the south-central region of Guatemala. It allows farmers to negotiate and transact with ofi directly. Each transaction is tagged with the farm location and date and provides the source data for Melitta’s SAP material traceability tool, using blockchain technology.

 

The sustainability insights platform AtSource adds a layer of transparency for customers. The social and environmental footprint of a coffee purchase can be measured across 100+ metrics, at various stages of the supply chain journey - at farmer group level, through processing and logistics, up to the roaster.

 

For the final consumer, scanning a second QR code on the back of their bag of Melitta Guatemala specialty coffee – like this one for a Guatemala Honey from producer Yoni Garcia - directs them to the unique story of the farmer and processing method behind their coffee.

 

 

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