By Lucinda Dordley

Coffee connoisseurs from all over the world have long craved Angolan coffee. This original Angolan black gold was generated annually at a rate of about 25 000 tons in the 1970s.
This was halted by civil war, but today, after almost 20 years of peace, Angola is recovering, and two Angolan businesses are once more establishing themselves within the international market. Their objective is to elevate Angola back to the top tier of exporters globally. By growing in the traditional coffee-producing regions of Angola, the businesses Café Cazengo and Fazenda Vissolela are attempting to achieve this.
Quiculungo, a town in the Cuanza Norte province, was primarily developed around coffee because during colonial times. This commodity was what drove Angola’s economy. In the early 19th century, a Brazilian established Angola’s first commercial plantation.

A rich history
However, Mr Miguel, an Angolan whose family had been cultivating coffee for centuries before Angola’s battle for independence, founded Café Cazengo. A total of 500 growers currently work for him, providing the raw material for the business he started in 2010.
The company has a website and sells its coffee worldwide, although the majority of its production is exported to the United States.
One of those bigger industrial farms is Fazenda Vissolela. A total of 1000 of its 5000 hectares are used for its project. These crops are entirely concentrated on specialty coffee. Every Arabica type is anticipated to receive 100 hectares of land, with 80% of these coffees being exported.

Expansion tops the list
The 25 000 smaller farms that produce nearly half of the nation’s coffee output include the 500 growers of Café Cazengo. The remainder is produced by about 500 larger commercial farms.
To increase productivity and enhance growers’ quality of life, Café Cazengo collaborates with them.
Additionally, they are assisting producers in formalizing their cooperatives through an initiative with an Angolan higher education centre.
In an effort to expand the private sector and diversify Angola’s primarily oil-based economy, producers are also receiving assistance from an EU-UN programme.
A major factor in it is agriculture, which accounts for roughly 13% of the nation’s GDP.
In 2019–2020, Angola produced 34% more commercial coffee beans. Angola is making a triumphant comeback based on the nation’s new agricultural methods and flavour.

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