The Tanna Coffee Development Company (TCDC) was first established in 1982, to assist in the development of the newly independent South Pacific nation of Vanuatu. Tanna Island was selected for a Coffee Development Program, due to it's history of Arabica Coffee production dating back to 1852. A large-scale plantation in conjunction with a ‘Smallholder Farmer’ program was established, and it was in operation until the early 1990’s. A combination of severe climatic conditions and coffee leaf rust disease caused its demise.
The Vanuatu Government, (who owned TCDC at the time), sold the ailing Company to private investors, who set about re-developing the potentially lucrative business. New, 'rust resistant', varieties of Arabica Coffee were introduced and planted out under the Smallholder Program, which resulted in encouraging production. Unfortunately, mis-management of the Program resulted in NIL harvesting for the following 4 years.
Terry Adlington (a coffee farmer from Australia) took over the company in 1998, and lived and worked with the farmers on Tanna Island for 3 years to educate them on the process of coffee growing, harvesting and processing their valuable product. Once established and producing quality coffee, TCDC moved to Port Vila to establish a Coffee Roastery and went about securing local and International customers.
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