Democratic Republic of Congo Changwe

Democratic Republic of Congo Changwe

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Country Democratic Republic of  Congo
Region South Kivu
Farm Changwe washing station
Variety Bourbon
Altitude 1600m
Proc. Method Fully Washed
Tastes Like subtle fleshy fruits with blackberry and raspberry
Best Served Black

 

The coffee growing region of South Kivu is rich in volcanic soils with ideal climates for coffee production. It is known as coffee growing "paradise" yet it is only in recent times that we have seen high quality coffee produced there.  This is mainly due to the bloody colonial history of the DRC which has kept the coffee industry from thriving. That is until recent times when private investors have made a huge impact on improving the production of coffee in the DRC through investing in community washing stations.

After selectively handpicking cherry, farmers deliver their harvest to Changwe station. Cherry is sorted at intake and then pulped. Coffee is then fermented for 9 to 24 hours before being washed in clean water and laid to dry.