Where does your morning coffee come from?

Speeches Shim

Wednesday, May 23, 2018
A Kenyan coffee farmer holds a coffee cherry from the high-altitude fields near Mt. Kenya where farmers have been producing coffee for over a hundred years.
Joe Mwihia

Where does your morning coffee come from and how many jobs did it create? You may be surprised to learn just what it takes to get that cup of joe into your hands.

East Africa — the source of some of the world’s best coffee — is poised for robust growth in agriculture, financial services, medicine, textiles and apparel. In fact, sub-Saharan Africa is home to six of the 10 fastest growing economies in the world.

So what does it take to get that cup of coffee to you? From efficient farm management to the transport system of trucks, planes and cargo ships that ride on the backbone of roads, weigh stations, ports and efficient border crossings, an entire infrastructure is necessary to ensure that the coffee crop meets your cup. But there’s much more to the story.” Read more from USAID’s Scott Cameron in this new feature on the Impact Blog.