Madagascar Coffee Beans

The coffee grown in Madagascar is primarily the lower grade Robusta coffee beans although there is an increasing amount of higher grade Arabica coffee now being cultivated in the country. Currently about 90% of Madagascar coffee production is Arabica.

The Republic of Madagascar is located off the southern coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean and is the fourth largest island in the world. Madagascar has a diversity of ecosystems from rainforest to desert. Slash-and-burn practices have denuded about ninety-five percent of the country’s original forest cover.

Madagascar’s coffee industry was privatized in 1989 despite the fact that the island is a socialist republic with just one party. The coffee industry was largely freed from regulations and rose to more than 400,000 bags of coffee annually.

Madagascar Coffee Consumption

The people of Madagascar – the Malagache – also consume a great deal of coffee totaling about forty percent of the country’s production. The coffee exports of Madagascar are considered to be a high quality Robusta and most is exported to France.

The Future of Madagascar Coffee Cultivation

Madagascar’s success with other high-value crops such as vanilla has created optimism that Arabica coffee cultivation will increase in the future eventually entering Madagascar into the specialty coffee market and creating significant revenue for the country.

USAID has worked to regenerate Madagascar’s coffee industry in poor areas by helping Arabica coffee farmers succeed. The effort has included new processing and training centers for farmers providing new techniques for everything from cultivation to roasting and emphasizes sustainable farming methods.

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7 thoughts on “Madagascar Coffee Beans

  1. I was up late watching a program on Travel channel that highlighted the reporter’s search for what he considers the prize coffee beans grown on the French-speaking island. He spoke so fast during his journey to various parts of the landscape but I couldn’t catch the name of the product he loved drinking most at the end of the program. Can that information be found? And can that particular coffee be purchased in the U.S.A.?

    Merci bien.

  2. Late last night, November 20, I watched a program on TV called Travel. The particular hour-long story concerned the search for a particular coffee bean/coffee grown in the hills of Madagascar. I couldn’t get the name of the product mentioned so quickly by the reporter/star of the show. Can soimbody get me the name of the coffee bean and perhaps tell me if it is imported to the U.S. and where it might be purchased?

    Merci bien.

    Len Blloom
    Sarasota, FL

  3. Forget about Magadascar, try Bolivia Organic Caranavi region or best Ethipian Aricha or Yirgacheffe or Sidamo regions or another great alternative Kenya AA beans and of course YOU HAVE to have your Cuban Cigar, Now U will be in Heavens

  4. I saw the show too and I want to try the Madagascar coffee. The guy on the show is named Todd Carmichael and his coffee company is called La Colombe Torrefaction. Not sure yet if u can order direct from him.

  5. The show is called Dangerous Grounds and it is on Tuesday nights on the travel channel. There is 8 1 hour episodes. You can order coffee from his shop, but I don’t think the coffee we seen on the show.

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