The Peaberry coffee we source from a small farm in the Northwest Tanzania is one of our favorite coffee's. We Direct Trade for this amazing bean with a small family farm.
Douglas Coffee RoastersSeattle in the 1960’s was a unique place for those interested in the coffee culture. New roasters were appearing, coffee shops were popping up, and an industry was reborn. Our roots start with Leo Douglas, the founder of our company. He moved to Seattle in the 1960’s and worked for a company then called Continental Coffee. As he created connections throughout the North West he expanded his knowledge of the coffee world and understood this was a burgeoning industry.
With a desire to return home to Salt Lake City, he packed his bags and his connections to some of the finest coffees the North West had to offer. Upon his return to Utah he began importing the coffee world of Seattle to the Salt Lake Area. As the population of Salt Lake grew, so did the demand for coffee. Leo soon moved his operation out of his garage in the foothills to a small warehouse just South of Salt Lake City.
Our operation has grown just like the city around us. Holding on the to the past is important to us, but so is moving forward with our goals and dreams. We have evolved as a company to offer only the finest in coffees from around the world.
Tanzanian coffee production averages between 30-40,000 metric tons each year of which approximately 70% is Arabica and 30% is Robusta.
Coffee production in Tanzania is a significant aspect of its economy as it is Tanzania's largest export crop.. The main growing regions of Arabica are in North Kilimanjaro, Mbeya, Matengo Highlands, Mbinga, Usambara Mountains, Iringa, Morogoro, Kigoma and Ngara. The main growing region of Robusta is the Bukoba area of the Kagera Region. Two new species were found recently in Tanzania's Eastern Arc Mountains, Coffea bridsoniae and C. kihansiensis. Harvest time is traditionally October to February. Ninety percent of the nation's coffee farms are smallholder, with the remainder being plantations; there are approximately 270,000 workers in the coffee industry.
Before 1990, the State coffee board and the cooperative unions were responsible for marketing coffee. Reforms in 1990 and in 1994/95 effected export pricing. Coffee wilt disease appeared in Tanzania in 1997, spreading rapidly and causing serious losses.