DR Congo Kivu Organic - Mukwinja

Cherry, orange, toffee, blackberry, good body
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Bag Weight 60 Kg Bags
Harvest Season 2022/23
Status Spot
Lot Number P609726-2
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    About This Coffee

    This organic fully washed 'Kivu 3' lot is from Mukwinja washing station in South Kivu, one of 8 such stations operated by Virunga Coffee Company, set up by Schluter Ltd. (now Covoya Europe) in 2012 to produce specialty coffees in eastern DRC and improve livelihoods for smallholder farmers in the region. Mukwija works with 699 farmers in South Kivu, who cultivate at altitudes between 1,500 and 2,500masl.

    Despite the high potential of the coffees around Mukwinja, smallholder production is characterised by a very small farm size, lack of infrastructure for coffee processing and lack of access to high-quality markets. Virunga Coffee is providing technical assistance to coffee farmers on regenerative agriculture practices, as well as access to coffee inputs, namely high-quality coffee seedlings to increase farming productivity, and thus profitability. Our goal is to increase economic opportunities from coffee farming in South Kivu.

    Country of Origin Democratic Republic of Congo
    Harvest Season 2022/23
    Coffee Grade DRC CA WA KIVU G3
    Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
    Plant Species Arabica
    Processing Washed
    Variety Bourbon, Typica
    Region Kalehe, South Kivu
    Farm Name Various smallholders
    Growing Altitude >1500m
    Soil Volcanic, sandy clay
    Certifications Organic certified

    History of Coffee in DR Congo

    Although commercial production of green coffee did not begin in Congo in any meaningful way until the end of the nineteenth century, Robusta has been known to grow wild throughout the region for so long that 100 years ago Robusta was sometimes called “Congo coffee” regardless of where it was grown. In 1895, a well-known botanist, professor Lament, toured the country and declared it so suitable for growing coffee that it could become a “second Brazil," and Arabica plantings increased dramatically. By 1905, half a million coffee plants were under cultivation and exports reached 41 tons. 

    Growing Coffee in DR Congo

    Traditionally a Robusta producer, in recent years, Arabica from the highland areas has begun to attract attention from specialty coffee roasters. With development commitments from large roasters and quality development assistance from coffee traders like Schluter (now Olam Specialty Coffee Europe), DR Congo is now on the specialty coffee map. Washing stations have appeared in every growing region over the last five years and the country has hosted cupping events. 

    • Status Spot
    • Region Kalehe, South Kivu
    • Farm Name Various smallholders
    • Processing Washed
    • Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
    • Certifications Organic certified
    • Plant Species Arabica
    • Variety Bourbon, Typica
    • Coffee Grade DRC CA WA KIVU G3
    • Growing Altitude >1500m
    • Country of Origin Democratic Republic of Congo
    • Soil Volcanic, sandy clay
    • On Sale No
    • Top Lot Yes
    • CTRM Contract Number P609726-2