Whether coffee is the first thing you think of in the morning or it’s your way of catching up with loved ones in your favourite café, one thing is for certain - coffee has engrained itself into most cultures. A universal language, coffee continues to unite us.


This much loved brew can be dated back to as early as the 15th century and while this hug-in-a-mug continues its popularity, less is known about its origins.  Over seventy countries play home to coffee plantations; yet the most unassuming is The Islands of Tahiti.  Yes, that’s right – those beautifully remote islands in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean.



Located on one of the 118 islands that make up The Islands of Tahiti, Rimatara is the western most inhabited island of the Austral Archipelago and arguably the most authentic. With only 780 inhabitants, the Arabica and Red Cattura bean that is produced here not only is rich on flavour thanks to the tropical climate, but is also responsible for the economic advancement and the sustainability of life on Rimatara.


Two surrounding islands, Rurutu and Rapa Iti, which also belong to the Austral Archipelago house the perfect climate for coffee beans to grow. Tropical attributes along with rich green surrounding vegetation combined with regular rainfall onto the volcanic soils on all the islands mean the Arabica and Red Cuttua beans thrive.



Whilst coffee in western culture is considered a normal part of our daily lives, coffee in these three unassuming islands holds a much higher importance. For example, on Rurutu 25% of locals rely on coffee production for their main source of income.


These truly are the most secluded coffee plantations in the world, with only one cargo ship visiting Rapa Iti once a month. So whilst planning a trip to The Islands of Tahiti, give yourself a taste of a perfectly brewed cup of coffee derived from the most beautiful plantations in the world!

Rob Thompson