When you sit down to enjoy your weekend cup of coffee, you probably give very little thought to where it comes from beyond being reassured that it comes from somewhere “exotic” – Colombia, maybe or Indonesia – even Ethiopia.
Now there is a new producer entering the market, possibly the most exotic yet – South Sudan. It’s certainly one of the rarest – if you want to buy this coffee, you’ll need to go to France, which is the only place it is currently being sold.
There are very few good news stories coming out of South Sudan, the world’s youngest country and one seemingly doomed to a miserable future to go with its tragic past. But the story of how it came to start exporting coffee is a good illustration of how trade can help to rebuild a shattered economy. Read more