Angola is currently aiming to reclaim its former glory as a top coffee-exporting country. This is part of its efforts to diversify an economy that has become highly dependent on oil exports.
In 2017, Angola produced 8,000 tons of coffee, a fraction of the more than 230,000 tons it produced annually in the early 1970s when it jockeyed with Côte d’Ivoire and Uganda for the title of Africa’s top exporter.
Coffee grown in Angola’s lush, green highlands once provided half of its foreign exchange earnings – until the nation fell into a decades-long civil war after winning independence from Portugal in 1975.
Within a decade, production had collapsed and oil had stolen the show.