SHOPABOUTC Market as of 02/22/19: $1.00
Olam is committed to improving the livelihoods of farmers at origin. Click HERE to learn more about some of the projects we sponsor in Cameroon.This fully washed coffee is from the Oku Valley, Cameroon. Standing over the valley is Mount Kilum (aka Mount Oku), which at 3,011 masl is the second highest peak in West Africa. Oku is a subdivision of the Bui division in the north west region of Cameroon. The coffee is grown between 1800 and 2200 masl and is shade grown under orange and banana trees. The coffee is harvested and washed the same day, using fresh spring water. It is then dried on raised beds. The main variety grown in the Oku Valley was reportedly brought from Jamaica over 70 years ago. It is now grown alongside a more vibrant variety called Java brought from the province of Java in Indonesia and promoted by the Cameroon research institute IRAD. The exotic Kilum forest is found nearby where the world renowned white honey is harvested and coffee pollination is done principally by bees from this forest. An inactive volcanic lake sits at the top of the mountain and from there several springs of water flow down to the villagers. The soils are mainly volcanic tending to be slightly acidic .In Oku you are either ascending or descending because of the hilly nature of the land. Oku is a typical grass field chiffon with strong traditional African beliefs and a notoriety for traditional medicine. It is ruled by the Fon (chief) who acts as an auxiliary to the formal administration. Succession is hereditary and the Fon commands a lot of respect from his subjects.
|Processing Description||Ripe cherries are carefully picked and washed the same day, then dried on raised beds|
|Bag Type||Grain Pro / Ecotact|