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Shangri-La Estate is a Danish-owned coffee plantation in Tanzania. Through investments, expansion and refinement it has created a coffee brand that is sold at the coffee chain Baresso.

Shangri-La is a Danish-owned coffee plantation in northern Tanzania. It is located on the edge of the historic Ngorongoro crater in 1,700 metres altitude and profits from the unusually fertile volcanic soil and the crystal clear and mineral containing water from the forest springs.

The plantation has existed since the 1930s. Since the Danish owner took over, focus has been on coffee, and investments have been intensified. The cultivated area has been expanded gradually, and drip irrigation systems have been introduced. The number of coffee plants per hectare has increased to double the outcome over the next years.

Enjoy the coffee at Baresso

Shangri-La Estate has continuously worked on developing and refining the taste of the plantation’s coffee, which is now sold as a brand and can be enjoyed at the coffee house chain Baresso.

Developing the production to make it more efficient, as well as refining the coffee has contributed to increasing the productivity and the profitability of Shangri-La Estate.

“It has been a challenge to develop the plantation because everything takes twice as long in Africa. There is a lot of red tape and the authorities are working slowly. On the other hand it is double the pleasure when we succeed in getting things to grow”

Christian Ebsen, owner of Shangri-La Estate

Focus on environment and social responsibility

Part of the plantation’s strategy is to focus on environment and social responsibility. The drip irrigation system introduced reduces water use and enables a more efficient utilization of fertilizer. The surplus water from the plantation’s drilling is used to supply the local population with running water.

Shangri-La has also invested in a secondary school as well as homes and day care facilities in the local community. In addition, the plantation contributes to reforestation in the parts of the plantation not used for coffee production and farming.

Worth a visit

Close to the plantation, a small lodge and a number of homes have been built. Here, guests can combine a visit to the plantation with safaris in some of Africa’s most famous national parks.

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