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DR Congo Kivu G3 Organic Natural - Katana Station

Dark chocolate, dried blueberry, blackberry, toffee, dark honey
$4.12 / lb $544.98 / bag
TOP LOT
Bag Weight 60 KG BAG
Harvest Season 2020/21
Status Spot
Lot Number P608855-1
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    About This Coffee

    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.

    Country of Origin Democratic Republic of Congo
    Harvest Season 2020/21
    Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
    Plant Species Arabica
    Processing Natural/Dry Processed
    Variety Blue Mountain
    Region Kabare, South Kivu
    Farm Name 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 Spot
    • Region Kabare, South Kivu
    • Farm Name Various smallholders
    • 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
    • Growing Altitude 1450-1750m
    • Country of Origin Democratic Republic of Congo
    • Soil Volcanic soil
    • On Sale No
    • Top Lot Yes
    • CTRM Contract Number P608855-1

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