DR Congo Hutwe Washed Organic *TOP LOT*

Pineapple, blueberry, raspberry, chocolate
$3.26 / lb $431.22 / bag
Bag Weight 60 KG BAG
Harvest Season 2019/20
Mar 2020
SKU P605827-2
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About This Coffee

This fully washed, Kivu 3 grade, organic lot is from Hutwe coffee washing station, one of seven such stations operated by Virunga Coffee Company, an Olam operation in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

Hutwe station is located at 1,790 masl in Kirumba zone, a very challenging region plagued with rebel groups. Like Virunga’s other washing stations, Hutwe operates a Penagos eco-pulper. The station processes cherries from smallholder farmers at altitudes ranging between 1,500 and 1,800masl. The coffee here is typically of the Bourbon variety, which thrives in these high altitudes, as well as a local subvariety called Rumangabo.


Virunga Coffee Company was established in 2011 by Schluter SA (now Olam Specialty Coffee Europe) with the vision
to: “Change lives in DRC through commerce in a mutually profitable way by being a major coffee actor in Kivu.”


Virunga Coffee aims to achieve this vision by improving the quality and yields for farmers in North and South Kivu, primarily through:

- Developing and implementing field-based support activities

- Introducing Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)

- Investing in processing infrastructure

- Organising assured organic production in close collaboration with over 2,300 farmers (with a further 1,500 by June 2020)

- Bringing an innovative spirit to the development of new products


As well as providing a stable supply chain and specialty market access, Virunga is actively involved in a number of sustainabilty and social programs in farming communities. These incldue an extensive tree planting program, disease prevention outreach to tackle critical diseases such as Ebola and HIV, and equipment to help farmers improve their agronomic practices.




Ripe cherries are delivered to the washing station for sorting and floatation to select only the ripest for processing. The cherries are de-pulped using a Penagos eco-pulper, fermented for 18-24 hours and then washed in clean water grading channels. Once thoroughly washed the parchment coffee is dried in the sun on raised African beds for 12-18 days, depending on climatic conditions.


In the daytime the parchment needs to be raked and turned periodically to ensure a consistent drying process and prevent mold or overfermentation. The coffee is also covered in the middle of the day to protect it from the hot sun, and at night time to protect it from rainall and moisture. Once the coffee has dried to the right level it is transported to Butembo for dry-milling, grading, sorting and handpicking (triage), before being bagged in GrainPro for export.




Hutwe village is located in the Kirumba region of Nord-Kivu (North of Lake Kivu), on the edge of Virunga National Park, bordered by Uganda to the east. The region has excellent conditions for speciality arabica production with plentiful rainfall, high altitude and highly fertile volcanic soils. The region is also very poverty-stricken and has had a severe lack of infrastructure which has made high quality arabica both difficult to produce and very challenging to export. Virunga Coffee Company has sought to overcome many of these problems through hands-on farmer education and investment in local infrastructure such as roads and bridges. This has allowed quality improvements every season and, in turn, higher premiums for farmers.

  • Status Spot
  • Cup Score 86
  • Region North-Kivu
  • Producer Type Washing Station
  • Wet Mill Hutwe
  • Processing Washed
  • Processing Description Fully washed and sun-dried on raised African beds
  • Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
  • Certifications Organic
  • Plant Species Arabica
  • Variety Bourbon
  • Coffee Grade DRC CA WA KIVU G3
  • Growing Altitude 1600-1800m
  • Screen Size 15 Up
  • Country of Origin Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Warehouse Continental NJ
  • On Sale No
  • Top Lot No
  • CTRM Contract Number P605827-2