In the finest grades of Ivory Coast coffee, layers of dark chocolate, nut, and tobacco notes can be discernible. The Ivory Coast is primarily known for its Robusta coffee production.
When the Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire) gained independence from France in 1960, the new president set out to create a coffee that was milder, sweeter, and less bitter than the existing crop. Research into hybrids of Robusta and Arabica resulted in the development of a new and improved Arabusta variety, which has been dubbed the “Presidential Coffee.” Despite the fact that the new plant had a better taste, producers were not enthusiastic about it because it took longer to reach its first harvest, produced less, and required more care. The Arabusta flag is still flown by a small number of smallholders. The Ivory Coast was once the world’s third-largest coffee producer, behind only Brazil and Colombia, and while coffee is still the country’s second-largest export, Brazil and Vietnam have long since surpassed it in terms of overall volume. Production peaked in 2000, but has since declined significantly as a result of a lack of investment and two civil wars in the country. In recent years, additional funds have been allocated to farmer training programmes. Ivorians are not particularly fond of the sometimes bitter taste of their coffee, but the Arabusta variety, which they nearly lost, may hold the key to winning over their hearts and minds.
In the Ivory Coast, the following are the most important facts about Ivorian COFFEE: 1.08 percent of the world market
Harvesting occurs between November and April, and the processing is natural. Robusta and Arabusta are two varieties of coffee.
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MAN Plantings of the hybrid Arubusta, also known as “Presidential Coffee,” are concentrated around Man in the District des Montagnes because it requires a cool climate and high altitudes to flourish.
ROBUSTA COFFEE BELT Located in the southern part of Ivory Coast, the Robusta coffee belt stretches from Abengourou to Danané in the east and from Danané to Abengourou in the west, all the way down to the coastline.