Crown Crane Coffee Estate is a thriving coffee estate located on the beautiful Ngorongoro Crater in Northern Tanzania. Since 2007, we have been rehabbing this coffee estate back to a premier specialty coffee farm, like it once was decades ago.
The farm currently harvests Bourbon, Kent, Geisha, Pacamara and Castillo. This year’s harvest featured coffee with a distinctive chocolate aspect with notes of caramel consisting of a smooth body and clean finish make this a very well rounded and pleasing coffee.
From the farm, we look out over the coffee plants with a view of the mountains and Lake Eyasi. This area has some of the most diverse African wildlife surrounding the farm. The Ngorongoro Crater is world renowned for the sights and boarders this farm at the top. Almost every type of animal with the exception of Giraffe can be seen at some point during the year if you look hard enough. This farm has the highest altitude of any farm in the region. At the top 6500 feet we have recently Planted Geisha and Pacamara plants. We currently have 280 acres of coffee planted on our way to 350 acres.
The home of Kifaru Coffee Shangri-La Estate, is located on the lush highlands of Northern Tanzania on the outer slopes of the Ngorongoro Crater. Its height at 1700 meters above sea level, combined with the exceptionally fertile qualities of the volcanic soil common to the crater area, allows our coffee plants to flourish in their natural environment.
In 1930 – some German farmers got permission to root out the bush on the southern slopes of Mount Oldeani and Ngorongoro Crater which were not inhabited in those days. One of the newly established farms was later named “Shangri-La”, after the famous novel “Lost Horizon” by James Hilton. Being an English possession for a relatively short period after World War 2, not only Shangri-La, but also some other plantations were re bought by a Danish-German group, who invested a substantial amount to revitalize the old neglected farms.
The estate has such a long history that some of the coffee plants are over ninety years old, meaning that their roots have grown deep into the soil in search of nutrients. Another treasure the area provides us with is the crystal clear and untreated water from the forest, for irrigation and processing. In combination, these gifts of nature play a vital role in creating the unique, mild flavor that Kifaru Coffee has become renowned for.
Ngila Coffee Estate was founded in the beginning of the twenties century by a German settler. An adventurous undertaking, as you can imagine, but with success. The coffee farmer established the foundation for the unique coffee that grows in this mineral-rich volcanic soil.The farm is situated in 1600 meters altitude on the edge of the cloud forest of the northern highlands, next to, the famous Ngorongoro Crater. In 1992 the farm was bought by the German family Meyer. Since then, new technology like modern drip irrigation and water saving coffee processing equipment was installed. With proven and experienced staff, Ngila Coffee Estate offers a highland coffee that meets the high standards of quality conscious coffee roaster and friends.
Tembo Tembo Coffee Estate
Located in Oldeani, Karatu on the rim of Ngorongoro Crater. The first known occupiers on the farms were German settlers who, around 1900, lived in Buffalo Ridge house on Ascona farm. Between 1926 and 1931 they planted coffee on Ascona. During the second world war, the German settlers were interned and the farms were taken over by the British Administration. Mr. BN Vohora, the founder of Coffee Exporters, oversaw operations on the farms in the area for the British Administration. After the war, the farms were run by British farmers until they were sold to an American multinational in the 1950’s. In the 1969, Mr. BN Vohora bought Ascona and Edelweiss farms. Since then three generations of our family have nurtured and expanded these farms to develop truly exceptional coffee.