DR Congo - Katanda - Fully Washed

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Katanda Coffee Washing Station (CWS) is one of 5 washing stations belonging to Virunga Coffee Company, which was set up as Schluter in 2012 to produce high-quality coffees for the speciality market and increase premiums for the thousands of smallholder farmers in the region. The strategy for Virunga has been three-fold: 1) To increase production through good agronomic practice 2) to improve quality through education and strict guidelines for production and processing 3) to obtain internationally recognised certification in order to generate better revenue for farmers.

Virunga now has now trained over 2,300 farmers in GAP (Good agricultural practices) and obtained organic certification for these farmers in the Isale region. They have 7 full-time field officers (trained agronomists) working in the region and have planted over 400,000 seedlings to be distributed amongst the smallholders in Isale.

 

Katanda village is located in the Isale region of Nord-Kivu (North of Lake Kivu), on the edge of Virunga National Park, bordered by Uganda to the east. The region has excellent conditions for speciality arabica production with plentiful rainfall, high altitude and highly fertile volcanic soils. The region is also very poverty-stricken and has had a severe lack of infrastructure which has made high-quality arabica both difficult to produce and very challenging to export. Virunga Coffee Company has sought to overcome many of these problems through hands-on farmer education and investment in local infrastructures such as roads and bridges. This has allowed quality improvements every season and, in turn, higher premiums for farmers.

 

Variety |   Bourbon

Process | Fully Washed

Altitude | 1500 - 1800 MASL

 

*Our coffee is freshly roasted each Tuesday and orders are dispatched on Wednesday and Friday. Due to COVID-19 Royal Mail are still experiencing delays which means your coffee may arrive a few days later than normal. Apologies for any inconvenience.