Single Origin Small Batch
Karango Micro-Station, DR Congo
We are proud and honored to have a coffee from SOPACDI (Solidarité Paysanne pour la Promotion des Actions Café et Development Intégral), an organization comprising of more than 5,600 farmers, roughly 20 percent of whom are women, located near Lake Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Joachim Munganga, a coffee farmer himself, founded SOPACDI in 2003 by restoring a washing station in the area, which provided service and international market access to the growers in these extremely remote highlands. Each farmer has a very small area of farmland, roughly 2 hectares, and sells their crop yields to SOPACDI through the organization’s 10 washing stations. Karango Micro Station, located in a village near Kalunga in the South Kivu Provence, serves 60 smallholders.
Lately, coffee production in the DRC has undergone a renaissance of sorts, largely due to SOPACDI and other organizations like it committed to producing quality coffee and ensuring sustainable access to the international market for small scale farmers while battling the dangerous climate created from civil wars. The DRC has reserves of diamonds, copper, gold, and a significant amount of the world’s cobalt (crucial for the production of modern technology from mobile phones to Teslas). With these resources, Congolese people ought to have more – more utilities, better health care, more educational opportunities, better infrastructure, etc. But this inequality is not stopping the farmers of eastern DRC from working towards progress. The successes of SOPACDI demonstrates that if people are given the tools, knowledge, and a stable environment to grow in, progress can be made.
We’re tasting juicy grapefruit low floral notes. This coffee is best as a drip or pourover.
Region: Kalehe Territory, South Kivu Provence
Farm: 89 smallholder members of SOPACDI in the Karango village
Variety: Bourbon, Blue Mountain, Caturra, Catuai, Kabare 2
Altitude: 1550 m
Process: Fully washed and dried on raised beds
*Our roast days are Monday and Thursday.