DR Congo Kivu G3 Organic Natural - Katana Station

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$3.94 / lb $521.17 / bag
Bag Weight 60 KG BAG
Harvest Season 2020/21
Jan 2022
SKU P608855-1
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About This Coffee

This is an organic certified, natural-processed, grade 3 lot from smallholder farmers in Kivu, a coffee region on the eastern edge of the Democratic Republic of Congo. This coffee was produced by Virunga Coffee Company, an Olam operation that operates 7 washing stations in Kivu on the outskirts of the Virunga National Park. The region has excellent conditions for specialty arabica production with plentiful rainfall, high altitude and highly fertile volcanic soils.  

Country of Origin Democratic Republic of Congo
Harvest Season 2020/21
Coffee Grade DRC CA WA KIVU G3 SD
Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
Plant Species Arabica
Processing Natural/Dry Processed
Variety Blue Mountain
Region Kabare, South Kivu
Farm Various smallholders
Growing Altitude 1450-1750m
Soil Volcanic soil
Certifications Organic

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 Afloat
  • Region Kabare, South Kivu
  • Producer Type Small Holder Farmers
  • Wet Mill Katana Washing Station
  • Processing Natural/Dry Processed
  • Processing Description Sun-dried on raised beds
  • Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
  • Certifications Organic
  • Plant Species Arabica
  • Variety Blue Mountain
  • Coffee Grade DRC CA WA KIVU G3 SD
  • Growing Altitude 1450-1750m
  • Ctrm Region Kivu
  • Country of Origin Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Warehouse Continental NJ
  • Farm Various smallholders
  • Soil Volcanic soil
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  • CTRM Contract Number P608855-1