The Tarakea Cooperative was started in 1983 with the aim of assisting small scale farmers from eight villages in the Kilimanjaro region to produce and market their coffee. The catchment area lies on the windward (eastern) side of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the roof of Africa.
Farmers in Tarakea home process their coffee, making sure that only red, ripe cherries are handpicked from the trees and pulped the same day. The coffee is fermented for 18 – 24 hours and then washed and dried on homemade drying tables. The parchment coffee is then delivered to the Cooperative for storage and dry milling.
Bean There Coffee Company began purchasing coffee from Tarakea in 2018 and Jonathan visited the cooperative in June 2019.