DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
This coffee is produced by nearly 6000 smallholder farmers scattered in the mountains to the west of Lake Kivu in the DRC. The region has suffered from heavy conflict in recent decades, making it hard for local farmers to to grow and find markets for their coffee. The SOPACDI co-op collects and processes specialty coffee beans and is actively working to improve local infrastructures and secure better prices. These beans have been awarded organic and fairtrade certification. In the cup they produce a full-bodied coffee, rich in berries and mild citrus with notes of lychee on the finish.