Over 90 countries and island nations are home to coffee and one of the many fascinating little known facts in coffee is that over 20 of those are tiny little islands spread out across the great seas. From the Caribbean to the Indian Ocean, across the Atlantic to the South Pacific, these tiny islands are rarely, if ever, mentioned in international coffee statistics because of the tiny volume produced. But even is total annual output from these islands in most cases only reach a container or two, coffee production continues to be as important in socio-economic terms, with up to 25 percent of the local population depending on coffee growing for their daily survival.
Our Coffee of The Day is one of these coffees and today we have the honor of introducing Royal Tonga from the South Pacific to the most picky and adventurous of all you coffee lovers out there. And this blend from UK-based Sea Island Coffee importers and roasters is a real treat for coffee lovers; with an amazing aroma, balanced acidity and full body the Royal Tonga leaves a long-lasting after taste across the palette with a wonderful mouth feel. Sea Island’s cupper describe the Tonga coffee as a cup with a “distinctive bold flavor” with which we can only agree and we encourage true coffee snobs to try this coffee and send us your comments 🙂
Picked straight from SpillingTheBeans’ Rare Coffee Collection of beans from “the World’s Tiniest Coffee Islands” this coffee comes to the market thanks to the London-based Sea Island Coffee, one of SpillingTheBeans’ favourite companies. Sea Island Coffee has spent years going to the extremes of extremes in order to bring the rare coffees of these tiny and remote islands to the market. By doing so the company has created a lifeline for these islands’ tiny small holder coffee growers while at the same time contributed greatly in preserving coffee history while bringing some outstanding and otherwise unknown coffees to the market. SpillingTheBeans applaud this commitment to coffee quality from seed to cup.
To read more about this AMAZING and unique coffee from Tonga, the truly fascinating history of this Polynesian island nation and see more pictures, please check out Sea Island’s special page dedicated to this coffee: http://www.seaislandcoffee.com/browse-estates/kingdom-of-tonga-royal-coffee.html
Happy Coffee Drinking