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Lake Kivu

Lake Kivu

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Lake Kivu is an Organic and Fair Trade Certified coffee grown by 3,546 women farm owners/farm managers. We roast it in a way that showcases its brightness and brings out the sweet and smooth side!  East View Coffee Company will be donating one dollar for every bag sold.

Cupping Notes: citrus, toffee, tangy

Roast Level: 3/5

Kivu is an area in DRC nearly destroyed by the Congo civil war and the Rwanda Genocide. The resulting economic collapse led many coffee farmers to smuggle their coffee to nearby Rwanda to get food and other necessary supplies due to low coffee prices in the Congo. In 2002 SOPACDI or the Solidarite Paysanne la Promotion de Actions Café et Development Integras was formed, recognizing that the bridge from strife to success could be coffee.

The first international coffee buyer came in 2008. Now made up of 5200 members in total, who received support through innovative programs established by SOPACDI and outside programs find buyers for their coffee internationally. Over 20% of the co-op members are women.

This coffee, Lake Kivu, comprises 3,546 women smallholder farmer members who live in the Kalehe territory of DRC in South Kivu, with an average farm size of 1.7 acres who deliver the coffee in cherry form to the mill.

  • Country: Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
  • Region: Kalehe territory, South Kivu
  • Farm: Various smallholder farms Women-owned / managed
  • Variety: Bourbon (Arabica Beans)
  • Proc. Method: Washed
  • Altitude: 1600 masl
  • Harvest Schedule: March -June