Democratic Republic of Congo North Kivu (Organic)

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Democratic Republic of Congo North Kivu (Organic)

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Flavor Notes: Chocolate | Basil | Grapefruit

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ORIGIN & REGION Democratic Republic of Congo - North Kivu

FARM Various smallholder farmers; SOPACDI Co-Op

PLANT VARIETALS Bourbon and local derivatives

GROWING ELEVATION 1460-2000 MASL

HARVEST SCHEDULE March-June

PROCESSING METHOD Washed

CHARACTERISTICS A sweet cup balanced with a tangy acidity and a smooth mouthfeel. Notes of chocolate, lemon tea, basil and grapefruit.

CERTIFICATIONS Organic, Fair Trade

SOPACDI (Solidarité Paysanne pour la Promotion des Actions Café et Development Intégral) is an organization comprising more than 5,600 farmers, roughly 20 percent of whom are women. Located near Lake Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo, each farmer has a very small area of farmland for coffee. Joachim Munganga, who was a farmer himself, founded SOPACDI in 2003 by restoring a washing station in the area, which provided service and market access to the growers in these extremely remote highlands. Before he undertook this work, farmers had little to no means to transport coffee to the markets, forced to simply barter their coffee locally for food, clothing, and necessities. The cooperative was the first to achieve Fair Trade certification in Congo, and the coffee also carries organic certification. Members of the cooperative represent several different ethnic groups, speaking Kirundi, Kinyarwanda, and Kihavu, and many of the women members are widows.