Kahondo Organic, DRC

£8.70

Very dark chocolate, raw sugar & hibiscus

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Origin:
Democratic Republic of Congo
Region:
Isale
Producer:
Virunga Coffee Company, Kahondo Mill
Variety:
Bourbon
Process:
Washed
Elevation:
1550 - 1900 masl
SCA Cupping Score:
83
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The Producers

Kahondo Coffee Washing Station (CWS) is one of 5 washing stations belonging to Virunga Coffee Company, setup by Schluter in 2012 to produce high quality coffees for the speciality market and increase premiums for the thousands of smallholder farmers in the region. The strategy for Virunga has been three-fold: 1) To increase production through good agronomic practice 2) to improve quality through education and strict guidelines for production and processing 3) to obtain internationally recognised certi cation in order to generate better revenue for farmers.

Virunga now have now trained over 2,300 famers in GAP (Good agricultural practices) and obtained organic certification for these farmers in the Isale region. They have 7 full time field officers (trained agronomists) working in the region and have planted over 400,000 seedlings to be distributed amongst the smallholders in Isale.

The Art of Production

Ripe cherries are delivered to the station for careful sorting and floatation. Once the highest quality cherries are selected they are pulped to remove the skin and most of the fruit. The coffee is then placed straight onto raised African beds, retaining some of its sugary mucilage. This parchment coffee is then dried in the sun for an average of 14 days, until the optimum moisture content has been reached. At this point the coffee is rested in a cool, dry environment for 1-2 months, before being milled, sorted and graded by bean size.

The Region

Kahondo village is located in the Isale region of Nord-Kivu (North of Lake Kivu), on the edge of Virunga National Park, bordered by Uganda to the east. The region has excellent conditions for speciality arabica production with plentiful rainfall, high altitude and highly fertile volcanic soils. The region is also very pov- erty-stricken and has had a severe lack of infrastructure which has made high quality arabica both di - cult to produce and very challenging to export. Virunga Co ee Company has sought to overcome many of these problems through hands- on farmer education and investment in local infrastructure such as roads and bridges. This has allowed quality improvements every season and, in turn, higher premiums for farmers.

 

Transparency

Price paid by us: £4.95/kg

FOB price: unknown

Farmgate price: unknown

Fairtrade price: US$1.40/lb

Qty ordered: 120kg

*Prices and units are shown in original units presented to us. For more information check out our transparency page.

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