D.R. CONGO: Women's Kawa Amaha - ORGANIC - Single Origin - 100% Arabica

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  • Country: D.R. Congo
    Region: Vughole, North Kivu
    Farmers: 337 Smallholders at Vughole Washing Station (Women's Project)
    Elevation: 1668 MASL
    Variety: Blue Mountain / Katwai
    Process: Fully Washed
    Tasting notes: Marmalade, Bergamot and Honey
    SCA Cup Score: 86

    Break out the gold medals! We're back with a new D.R. Congo coffee, which has the slight tartness of marmalade with a sweet aftertaste of honey.

    This coffee is processed at the Vughole Washing Station which is managed entirely by women, collecting coffee from 337 women-run smallholdings that certify their lot as Organic. The green is fully washed here to bring out subtle and clean notes of citrus and bergamot.

    Vughole is part of the Virunga National Park, the oldest in Africa. Virunga was established in 1925 and is the home to a third of the global Mountain Gorilla population, along with several endangered savannah species. The washing station is situated just north of Lake Kivu, bordering Rwanda.

  • Country: D.R. Congo
    Region: Vughole, North Kivu
    Farmers: 337 Smallholders at Vughole Washing Station (Women's Project)
    Elevation: 1668 MASL
    Variety: Blue Mountain / Katwai
    Process: Fully Washed
    Tasting notes: Marmalade, Bergamot and Honey
    SCA Cup Score: 86

    The Region

    The borders of the Virunga National Park, including the slopes of the Rwenzori Mountains and the uplands to the north-west of Lake Edward, contain some of the finest Arabica coffee growing land in the world. The climate is temperate with plentiful rainfall and sunshine, volcanic soils, as well as altitudes rising to over 2,000 metres.

    Smallholder farmers here have long grown heirloom bourbon varieties, but until very recently post-harvest processing was very basic and the only buyers were informal traders, mainly coming from neighbouring Uganda. The aim of the Virunga National Park coffee programme is to enable farmers to realise the full potential of their coffees. Overall, the programme programme will boost the livelihoods of more than 7,000 coffee farming families living on the border of the national park.

    The farmers are already organised at village level, around smallscale coffee washing stations, and are affiliated to two vibrant young cooperatives, Kawa Kanzururu and Coopade, based close to Beni and Butembo respectively, for milling and export.

    The Producers

    In July 2016, Coopade create a Women’s Section with the objective of allowing women coffee farmers to control and develop their own coffee production through the whole chain from production through to export. As the women in DR Congo already do the largest proportion of the work the coffee farms, including harvest, this has meant focusing on the delivery of the coffee cherries to the washing station, and then managing the actual washing and drying of the parchment coffee.

    The Women’s Section have built a total of seven of the fifteen Coopade washing stations to date, of which Kirindera was one of the first. These washing stations are entirely managed by the Women’s Section. Their aims are to improve both coffee yields and coffee quality, and so to secure better livelihoods for their families.

     

     

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