Kivu, in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, has both ideal growing conditions for coffee and a devastating history that has deteriorated infrastructure and trade. Many plantations have been abandoned due to ongoing violence. Although the region is still unstable, many people are looking to agriculture to help rebuild their livelihoods. Solidarite Promotion des Actions Café Development (SOPACDI) is one of very few coffee cooperatives working with these farmers. They became the first Fair Trade certified entity in Congo and have over 3,200 members, 20 percent of whom are women. A women’s premium (approximately two cents per pound) is paid on all purchases to further aid the influence of women in the community. Their aim is to build common shelters and provide subsidies for school and medical fees, among many other great projects.
Ken David’s Cupping Review: Balanced and round. Grape-like fruit, baker’s chocolate, roasted nut, a hint of flowers in aroma and cup. Flavor consolidates but persists in a rich, simple finish.
Certifications: Organic, Fair Trade, Women’s Coffee
One of the ways we love to enjoy this coffee at home is the Chemex and the French Press.