Coffee Time!

18 May 2017

Student Laila Plattner delivered a fascinating presentation on coffee production for the IMI staff in a special guest lecture...

As a hospitality school, the normal way of things is for our academic faculty to teach our students based on their experience and expertise in the industry.

However, that doesn't mean to say we don't recognise that we also can learn a lot from our students...

Tanzanian student Laila Plattner grew up with coffee as an integral part of her life. Raised on her family's coffee plantation, she has been involved in the production, packaging and distribution of coffee from a very young age.

Laila kindly agreed to talk the IMI staff through her background in coffee and explain about the different beans grown on her family farm and the many varieties and flavours of coffee they produce.

She explained how the business works to support the community by employing local people wherever possible and avoiding the use of mass-production machinery.

Instead of focusing on the international market, the company sells mainly to local Tanzanian businesses including many cafés and other hospitality outlets.

Even for our staff who have been involved in the industry for over 20 years, the talk was highly insightful and Laila's first-hand experience and childhood anecdotes made for a very informative and entertaining presentation.

Many thanks to Laila for taking the time to prepare and present the lecture and for the delicious coffee samples which were available to try.

You can find out more about Laila’s family business here: http://www.riftvalley-zanzibar.com/uce_index.html

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