Ngorongoro

Tanzania

The land around the volcano Ngorongoro seems to be under a magic spell. No wonder, then, that in 1979 UNESCO awarded the region world-heritage status. The mouth of the volcano at an altitude of 2200 metres is the biggest in the world. The resulting ecosystem is like no other to be found anywhere else. 

Forests and upland plateaus give way to stretches of open grasslands where elephants, lions and hippopotamuses roam the range along with the proud Masai, who let their herds out to graze here.

 

 

Mineral-rich volcanic soils, sky-high altitudes, abundant water from the surrounding forests have concurred ever since the seventeenth century to ensure consistent prime quality pickings. 

In recent years, on-the-level environmental stewardship, sustainability and integrated crop management guarantee that the coffee connoisseur will continue to always get the best. 

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J. Christian Jebsen

Tanzania

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Name:
J. Christian Jebsen
Territory:
Ngorongoro
illy since:
2013

The window frames the water hole where elephants come to quench their thirst every evening. Beyond, a splash of light from the setting sun adds a dab of gold to the volcano’s rim. This spectacular segment of the world is what J. Christian Jebsen has had the privilege of seeing for a good number of years now. Office décor is reminiscent of Christian’s all-absorbing youthful passion, the safari. Landfall in this beauty spot in Tanzania in the early eighties after seeing much of the rest of Africa proved fatal to Christian’s romantic and wanderlust spirit.

Today, aside from Denmark to which he returns from time to time, Shangri-La, this 150-hectare plantation on the slopes of the Ngorongoro crater, is his home. The soil in which his plants thrive is generous. Christian lovingly tends to his precious crop with the help of 200 equally keen growers. Thanks to their unflagging enthusiasm over the years the quality of his coffee has never stopped getting better. “It’s clear to everyone and a source of great personal pride at Shangri-La that the Estate’s renown is the result of the concerted effort of the entire team”, he says, with a touch of emotion in his voice.

Mutual esteem and shared strong affection for this piece of good earth mark the human and professional relations with the farming families working on the Estate. The best solution to any problem is always sought in a spirit of coworkership; there are no short-cuts if the precious natural environment in which the plantation is immersed is to be preserved. Christian recalls the time when two trails were laid along the edges of the plantation to allow elephants and buffaloes coming out of the forest to circulate freely without damaging the coffee plants. Christian reckons proactive care and concern for this place will probably be his primary legacy to his son, the fifth generation of the Jebsen family to pick up the cherished baton.