ANGOLA – PiedadeBaptistas, a prominent Angolan company, is set to rejuvenate the country’s coffee industry with its ambitious plans for a new state-of-the-art coffee processing plant.

Company director-general, Felisberto da Piedade, says the aim of establishing a cutting-edge coffee processing plant is to contribute to the promotion, industrialization, and commercialization of Arabica coffee culture on both the national and international stages.

With an initial investment of US$2 million, the facility will serve as a hub for coffee production, encompassing roasting, grinding, blending, and commercialization processes.

The new coffee processing plant is projected to have an impressive production capacity of 150 to 200 tons of Arabica coffee which will be geared towards meeting the demands of both the domestic and international markets.

In an exclusive interview with Jornal de Economia & Financeira, Felisberto da Piedade revealed that the ideal locations for the coffee processing plant are the provinces of Cuanza-Norte and Cuanza-Sul.

These regions have been identified as key players in the promotion and cultivation of coffee in Angola, making them the perfect sites for the company’s ambitious venture.

Currently, the provinces of Uíge, Bengo, Cuanza-Norte e Sul, Malanje, and Cabinda cultivate Robusta Ambriz coffee, while Robusta Amboim thrives in Huambo, Bié, Benguela, Huíla, and the Eastern region.

Boosting Robusta production

Moreover, PiedadeBaptistas aims to broaden its scope beyond Arabica coffee and invest in the promotion and transformation of the Robusta coffee crop.

The company plans to expand its operations to the province of Uíge, an area that played a vital role in the historical promotion and export of Angolan coffee during the colonial era.

“To contribute to the growth of coffee production in our country, we have selected Uíge province, which boasts a rich heritage in promoting this culture. Additionally, we will extend our project to select regions in the southern part of Angola, known for their favorable conditions for arabica coffee production,” explained Mr. Piedade.

PiedadeBaptistas is determined to reestablish Angola’s prominence in the global coffee industry.

 “Angola’s coffee is currently being sold in limited quantities, and we are no longer among the top 10 coffee producers in the world. This project is our commitment to meet the demands of the international market and restore Angola’s former glory,” Felisberto da Piedade emphasized.

The company has identified key export markets in Europe, Asia, and America, including partnerships with countries such as Brazil, Italy, Germany, China, Turkey, France, the United States, and the United Arab Emirates.

These strategic alliances will facilitate the export of Angolan coffee to various corners of the globe, bolstering its reputation and expanding its reach.

In 2022, Angola exported 641 tons of coffee, generating revenue exceeding one million dollars.

With PiedadeBaptistas’ transformative initiatives, Angola is poised to reclaim its position as a major player in the global coffee market, ensuring a bright and prosperous future for the Angolan coffee industry.

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