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March 23, 2017, 04:11:32 AM
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Mbinga Coffee
An exotic tasting coffee that grows in the Matengo highlands surrounding Lake Nyasa.


Often blended with coffee's from the Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Kenya region, this pure Arabica coffee provides a highly aromatic invitation to its cup, and finishes off with a rounded full bodied taste. None of the bitter aftertaste and jacked up heart-rate I associate with most Instant coffee's remains, and yet a cup of this sweet smelling and easy coffee was enough to keep going at my reading till the wee hours.

Im going to share this cup with you, via a 250gm sachet to be sold at 10$ each. The catch here is that the coffee has to be transported in lots of 10Kg in order to minimize mailing costs (about 100$ per 10kg package).

With that in mind, let us explore the possibility of utilizing our already existing networks to distribute this coffee globally. My idea is to have a few representatives in each continent, to be receiving the 10kg packages of coffee, who will then break the bulk and forward to respective clients. Another option would be for the creation of pick up point within cafe's  or small shops within the different localities.

Please feel free to contribute your thoughts on how best to structure this.

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March 23, 2017, 09:05:22 AM
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Would the distributors have to pay any of the import fees? Will the distributors need to find clients for the coffee or maybe you will set up a website? Open Bazaar is also an option to find prospective buyers.
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March 23, 2017, 04:56:55 PM
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Would the distributors have to pay any of the import fees? Will the distributors need to find clients for the coffee or maybe you will set up a website? Open Bazaar is also an option to find prospective buyers.

Hi, According to the world bank, Tanzania is still among the Least Developed Countries and thus according to Intracen most countries levy a zero percent import charge on both green coffee bean and processed coffee.

I'm in the process of setting up a rudimentary website, and then add features as and when the need arises. Meanwhile, I'm counting on this community to be the entry market since I believe most coders appreciate a good cup of coffee. With that in mind I'll be beautifying this post in order to be attract more interest. I'm happy to work with anyone in the sale of this coffee as both an end user and as part of a global P2P distribution network.

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March 24, 2017, 03:29:47 AM
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 Is this instant, ground or whole bean coffee?  If it is whole bean, what is the grade?

  Even if you ship the coffee to a more local person for distribution, there will be further costs for shipping and while I think it would be cool to sample a can of Mbinga instant coffee (I'm assuming the can is instant since I've never seen whole bean coffee sold in such a tin), I'm not sure I'd want to pay that much for it on an on-going basis.

 I usually buy Kenya AA+ whole bean coffee from a local roaster for ~ USD $5 for 250g (for comparison, I have to convert to USD and grams since I pay by the pound).  All their coffees are single origin and they also sell a Tanzanian peaberry which I haven't tired for slightly more.  It costs $12.50 CAD/lb and even if I look to buy organic, fair-trade beans, the Ethiopian Yirgacheffe  (which is delicious) sells for $15 CAD/lb which converts to a little over USD $6 for 250g.  So $10 for 250g seems a little too high unless this coffee is more special than you have described?


  

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March 24, 2017, 07:27:41 AM
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 Is this instant, ground or whole bean coffee?  If it is whole bean, what is the grade?

  Even if you ship the coffee to a more local person for distribution, there will be further costs for shipping and while I think it would be cool to sample a can of Mbinga instant coffee (I'm assuming the can is instant since I've never seen whole bean coffee sold in such a tin), I'm not sure I'd want to pay that much for it on an on-going basis.

 I usually buy Kenya AA+ whole bean coffee from a local roaster for ~ USD $5 for 250g (for comparison, I have to convert to USD and grams since I pay by the pound).  All their coffees are single origin and they also sell a Tanzanian peaberry which I haven't tired for slightly more.  It costs $12.50 CAD/lb and even if I look to buy organic, fair-trade beans, the Ethiopian Yirgacheffe  (which is delicious) sells for $15 CAD/lb which converts to a little over USD $6 for 250g.  So $10 for 250g seems a little too high unless this coffee is more special than you have described?


  

The can is Instant coffee, but the other package is Roasted ground coffee. Getting the coffee to you is my largest cost, at about 2.5USD per 250gms, your local roaster has the advantage of scale which I cannot easily replicate unless I get into a wholesale (A container plus) partnership with a distributor. Locally, Kilimanjaro roasted and ground coffee retails at between 8000 and 15000Tsh per 250gm, equivalent to between 4 and 7.5usd per 250gm. A cup comparison between Mbinga Coffee and Kilimanjaro coffee would have Mbinga coffee being much more agreeable, better tasting and having an unforgetable aroma. Also, while poverty is a bad experience, it forces most farmers in our region to minimize mineral fertilizer application thus the coffee is as close to organic as can be.

You'll also realize your local roaster is selling peaberrry (lowest value coffee) at a price higher than the Kenyan Coffee, which should say a lot about Tanzanian Coffee. I do not have much experience with Ethiopian coffee names but do like drinking the traditional Ethiopian coffee (Ethiopian food is awesome, followed by their elaborate coffee ceremony and then finished off with Honey wine). I'd say that while Ethiopian coffee, including the herbs used along with it, is really good, Mbinga coffee has a testament of its own without any additives whatsoever.

We currently only package ground coffee and instant coffee, though my current focus is on selling the ground bean (never really liked instant coffee).  With an expanded market and demand we my also start to package roasted AA bean, to be followed later by the new types of prepacked single cup coffee's found in the current market.

The actual price of the coffee is 7.5$ US, plus shipping costs which amounts to 10$ US.

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March 25, 2017, 12:50:25 AM
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Thanks for the information about your coffee.  I really would like to try some but I don't want to be a distributor (or order 10 kg!).  If you find someone to do distribute for North America, I'd be in for a bag or too; it sounds delicious.

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March 25, 2017, 02:32:54 AM
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There is a big market for nice coffee globally. As millions are everyday yearning for a cup of coffee or two, the coffee market is a robust one. I for one is drinking my cup of coffee but right now am using the one with added herbs and ganoderma as I have a problem with heart palpitations if I do use the normal coffee.

I am happy to note that your coffee is not causing a jacked-up heart rate and that can be good for many coffee users as coffee is supposed to be healthy being something from nature and from the fertile land of your country.

Good luck on your endeavor and I do hope that you can find many business partners that you can work with. Have a coffee day, everyone!

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March 25, 2017, 02:36:48 AM
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The only exotic coffee to me is civet cat coffee, the rest are all just coffee to me. Although I would certainly like to try some, is there a hard limit to order such huge amounts at once?

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March 25, 2017, 03:57:14 AM
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The only exotic coffee to me is civet cat coffee, the rest are all just coffee to me. Although I would certainly like to try some, is there a hard limit to order such huge amounts at once?

 Certainly Kopi Lewak ranks at or near the top with respect to price due to its rarity but for me, any of the very-high altitude coffees or even Kona is exotic.  It's very hard to beat a nice Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee.

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March 26, 2017, 02:42:06 PM
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Hi, I have added a graphic describing the process of distributing this coffee and what there is for everyone involved.

Since we are using bitcoin as the medium of exchange, I believe it would be best to use an escrow agent in a form of Coffee batch Purchasing, a process akin to an ICO but with the target product being the packets of coffee to be sent to one region/city. When a 10Kg batch is fully paid for and with the funds held by escrow, I would then finance the purchase and postage of the coffee to the appointed destination. Upon delivery to the distribution point and forward delivery to at least half the intended recipients, the escrow would then release the bitcoin held in escrow to my wallet.

Yes, there will be issues with exchange rates etc, but there are financial tools that I will use to hedge hedge against that, my go to being at bitmex.com.

So anyone ready to start this off?

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April 24, 2017, 01:29:06 AM
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Hello People,

I'll be sending 35 packets of this coffee to California to arrive in 10 days. So people in the US can place their orders now. Please include the cost of shipping within the US in your order.

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