(Business in Cameroon) - The 29 coffee roasters identified in Cameroon processed 1,014 tons of coffee during the 2020-2021 coffee season. According to data revealed on February 16, 2022, by the National Cocoa and Coffee Board (NCCB), at the launch of the 2021-2022 season in Mélong, Littoral region, the volumes roasted are up by 206.2 tons (+20%) season-to-season.
"The Littoral region remained the main coffee processing area by accounting for 90% of the overall volume of Robusta roasted and 68% of the overall arabica roasted in the country. As far as individual roasters are concerned, Uccao, Brulerie Moderne, and Terrefic were the leading arabica roasters with 49.1 tons, 43.3 tons and 43.1 tons processed respectively," the ONCC informed.
Unlike the cocoa sector, where the largest processors are generally subsidiaries of foreign multinationals (Tiger Brands, Barry Callebaut ...), nationals have recognized expertise in coffee roasting in Cameroon. They regularly win international awards for the quality of their products.
For instance, Uccao - the umbrella organization of coffee producers in the Western region - is often awarded at the Awards of roasted coffee organized every year by the Agency for the Valuation of Agricultural Products (AVPA) in France. In 2017, coffee roasted by Cameroonian operators bagged five of the nine prizes awarded during that competition.
Despite the season-to-season improvement in the volume of coffee processed in Cameroon during the 2020-2021 season, the volume of marketed production has been the lowest in the last five seasons. According to figures from the ONCC, only 12,157 tons of coffee were marketed during the season, down by 50.7% season-to-season.
Brice R. Mbodiam