Tanzania Northern Burka Estate
Burka Estates is one of Tanzania’s oldest and largest specialty coffee producers and is located in Northern Tanzania. Burka was established in 1899 by a German settler, and shortly thereafter the first coffee trees were planted. After World War I, the estate was declared “Enemy Property,” and it became part of the new British Protectorate in Tanganyika. In 1929, a group of Swiss investors bought the farm; their ownership has continued to the present through independence from Great Britain and the merging of Tanganyika and Zanzibar into present day Tanzania. The company employs approximately 300 permanent staff with an additional 200 daily staff during the harvest season. Permanent staff and their families are provided with housing, medical services, and schooling for their children. The company pays at least 20% above the minimum wage. Burka CoffeeEstates produce shade grown Arabica coffee using an eco-friendly and responsible approach to the environment and their neighboring communities.