DR Congo: Kawa Kibuya Cooperative - Heirloom - Fully Washed
In the cup: Stone fruit, tart berries and some black pepper. You can taste the rich minerals of the volcanic soils in the cup, plenty of tangy red fruits, like lingonberry and cranberry.
Process: Fully Washed
Altitude: 1650 metres above sea level
Cooperative: The Kawa Kabuya Coffee Cooperative is a result of a cooperation between local farmers and international NGOs, whose main goal is to improve the livelihood of farmers.
Members of the cooperative have seen their initial investment repaid within the first year of operations and saw their returns doubled within 2 years. Members now send all their children to primary school and many to secondary, and even to university.
Working together in the safety of a cooperative helps farmers overcome some of the major challenges of operating in a violent environment.
In January 2018 the cooperative won the 'Taste of Harvest' competition for arabica coffees in the DRC