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D.R. Congo Kivu Mukwinja

D.R. Congo Kivu Mukwinja

Light Roast

Way back in the early days of Backyard Beans we had a DR Congo coffee that had quite the fan base. I think this was in 2015 if memory serves correctly. We have cupped a few handfuls of DR Congos since then, and passed on all of them. But when this Kivu Mukwinja lot came across our sample roaster and cupping table it really blew us away! The time is now, time to bring back the DR Congo. This is a country historically known for robusta coffee production but more and more washing stations are popping up in the highlands for processing arabica coffee grown at higher elevations.

  • We Taste: Lime, Orange, Cane Sugar
  • Producer: Smallholder farmers and Mukwinja washing station
  • Region: Kalehe, South Kivu
  • Altitude: 1500 - 2000 masl
  • Variety: Bourbon, Typica
  • Process: Washed
Regular price $15.00 USD
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The Story Behind the Coffee

From our importer Covoya:

This organic fully washed 'Kivu 3' lot is from Mukwinja washing station in South Kivu, one of 8 such stations operated by Virunga Coffee Company, set up by Schluter Ltd. (now Covoya Europe) in 2012 to produce specialty coffees in eastern DRC and improve livelihoods for smallholder farmers in the region. Mukwinja works with 699 farmers in South Kivu, who cultivate at altitudes between 1,500 and 2,000masl.

Despite the high potential of the coffees around Mukwinja, smallholder production is characterized by a very small farm size, lack of infrastructure for coffee processing and lack of access to high-quality markets. Virunga Coffee is providing technical assistance to coffee farmers on regenerative agriculture practices, as well as access to coffee inputs, namely high-quality coffee seedlings to increase farming productivity, and thus profitability. Our goal is to increase economic opportunities from coffee farming in South Kivu.

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