Don't beleive me just watch

Kawa Kabuya Cooperative, Kivu


    Don't believe me just watch

    There's simply so much to say about Congolese coffee that we recommend you showing over telling. To start, request a sample. You have to taste it to believe the potential for coffees out of Congo's Kivu region. Next watch this video here on all of the work that went into bringing these farmers back into the fold of specialty coffee. Then watch as Congo transforms itself into a premier source for premium coffees - one harvest at a time. 

    If you are wondering why there so many skeptics when it comes to the Congo, start by googling 'Africa's Great War'. You'll read about an ongoing conflict that  stretches across a region larger than Western Europe and which is responsible for more casualties since World War II. Even today 2.6 million internal refugees remain within Congo’s borders, many residing in the Kivu areas, where Congolese coffee is grown.

    This history is important, if underserved here, because it shows the novelty and necessity of developing Congolese natural resources through self-determination instead of by means of force or exploitation.

    It seems that a majority of companies still refuse to buy products from the Congo due to concerns that they are support rebel groups or trading in conflict goods. These are valid concerns, and the reason Crop to Cup has stayed away from working in the DRC.

    However, more recently, Congolese coffee companies have started moving back home, and international groups have stepped in with hammers and hard hats instead of blue helmets.  That is to say that the infrastructure is returning, including the human network that is needed to support specialty coffee.

    That network includes customers - coffee roasters and consumers - who will only come when the quality is there. Well, customers, if you haven’t become a believer yet please allow us to introduce you to what Congolese coffee can be. Be part of that network and request a sample today. 



    This coffee was sourced through the Kawa Kabuya Cooperative. Unlike other coffees from this region, these coffees are treated as specialty. Registered and invested member farmers deliver to a local washing station where cherries are hand-picked before pulping, washing and drying on raised bed where a second picking occurs.

    These washing stations are run are under the umbrella of the local Kawa Kabuya Cooperative, each by a group of around 50 farmers. Farmers invest $50 each to buy-into the cooperative who, in turn, receive training and ongoing support for quality improvements. 

    Photos from the Kivu